Winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award, poetry category
What is it like living today in the chaos of a city that is at once brutal and beautiful, heir to immigrant ancestors "who supposed their children's children would be rich and free?" What is it to live in the chaos of a world driven by "intolerable, unquenchable human desire?" How do we cope with all the wars? In the midst of the dark matter and dark energy of the universe, do we know what train we're on? In this cornucopia of a book, Ostriker finds herself immersed in phenomena ranging from a first snowfall in New York City to the Tibetan diaspora, asking questions that have no reply, writing poems in which "the arrow may be blown off course by storm and returned by miracle."
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Table of ContentsContents One August Morning, Upper Broadway The Light How Fortunate the Boy Q&A: Red Red Rose Manahatta The First Snowfall The Glory of Cities Bangladesh: The Driver Guyana: So Nice Times Square Dry Hours: A Golden Shovel Exercise Two The City Crocuses Cinco de Mayo Biking to the George Washington Bridge Ghazal: The Minimum Wage, 2014 Dark Matter and Dark Energy Ghazal: O Clear Night Four Men around a Card Table, Columbus & 97th A Walker in the City Acrostic: All You Need Is Love Waiting for the Light For Once, Then, Something Three Ghazal: America Afghanistan: The Raped Girl White Morning Ghazal: Not Even There Q&A: Insurance Making a Meal of Them The World According to Capa Are You My Cousin The Battlefield: A Lyric Children’s Blood Temblor Four Alphabetical Flash The Liberal Arts The Common Crow Fibonacci The Redeemed World To Charlie, on His Poetry China in the Twenty-First Century Underground Ghazal: America the Beautiful Q&A: Reality Notes Acknowledgments