This volume of poetry from Alicia Suskin Ostriker is one of her most ambitious, ranging from laments and celebrations for a flawed world to meditations on art and artists, to a powerful exploration of illness and healing.
About the Author
Alicia Suskin Ostriker is one of America’s premier visionary poets and critics. She is the author of fourteen poetry collections, including The Book of Seventy; The Mother/Child Papers; No Heaven; the volcano sequence; and The Little Space: Poems Selected and New, 1968–1998, as well as several books on the Bible. She has received the Paterson Poetry Prize, the William Carlos Williams Award, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award. Ostriker is Professor Emerita of English at Rutgers University and teaches in the low-residency MFA program of Drew University.
Table of ContentsContents I The Dogs at Live Oak Beach, Santa Cruz Boil Marie at Tea Alice Before Her Widowhood Revolution as Desire Surfer Days Migrant The Boys, the Broom Handle, the Retarded Girl In Our Time: A Poem to Aphrodite Triptych At the Van Gogh Museum Nude Descending The Studio (Homage to Alice Neel) Appearance and Reality Globule The Orange Cat The Death of the Poet, Hartford 1955 Deaf Cities Anecdotes Without Flowers: 1919 The Russian Army Goes Into Baku The Eighth and Thirteenth Somalia Saturday Night Disco II The Book of Life III Neoplatonic Riff After Illness Middle-Aged Woman at a Pond The Figure of Metaphor Lockout The Nature of Beauty The Class Frowning at Emily The Vocabulary of Joy Locker Room Conversation Jonah’s Gourd Vine Berkeley: Youth and Age After the Reunion Translation The Glassblower’s Breath Spoon Extraterrestrial: A Wedding Poem for Nina and John, January 2, 1989 Taylor Lake Still Life: A Glassful of Zinnias on My Daughter’s Kitchen Table IV 1. The Bridge 2. The Gurney 3. Riddle: Post-Op 4. Mastectomy 5. What Was Lost 6. December 31 7. Wintering 8. Normal 9. Healing 10. Years of Girlhood (for My Students) 11. The River 12. Epilogue: Nevertheless Acknowledgments About the Author