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The Book of Seventy (Pitt Poetry Series)

The Book of Seventy (Pitt Poetry Series) [Kindle Edition]

Alicia Suskin Ostriker

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"Here is a hard, obdurate, elusive sort of beauty. Alicia Ostriker is not only one of our very best poets but one of our most crucial." - Joyce Carol Oates "Alicia Ostriker is a fool for beauty. She says so on 'West Fourth Street.' She is also a fool for wisdom but, like a smart sage, she does it slant. I'm shocked by these poems, shocked by how good they are. How many skins has she shed to get here? Just take a look at a short poem called 'Dear God' or 'Born in the USA' or fifteen others. Amazing." - Gerald Stern "The Book of Seventy will speak to everyone: Alicia Ostriker's honest voice, her humor, her wisdom, her gutsiness; her scholarly, longing mind; her knowing body: 'my mind is a cervix / I can imagine anything'; and from the first page to the last, her long-recognized courage in facing down - even welcoming - just about everything." - Jean Valentine"

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Alicia Ostriker seizes the opportunity to take us where too few poets have been able to take us: into a domain of what our fabulists like to call the “golden years.” as we live longer, we become inevitably curious about the actual texture of these late years, curious about what happens in the soul. Out of that curiosity is a new kind of poetry born, an elderstile that has passion and irony, wisdom, folly, clarity and tenderness. In her keen engagement with the self and the world, Ostriker offers us a voice and a perspective that explore the territory of seventy and beyond.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 169 KB
  • Print Length: 91 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0822960516
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (25 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055E40HA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,422,986 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teach us to read, teach us to think, teach us to love 15 Nov 2009
By Julie R. Enszer - Published on
In "The Book of Seventy," Ostriker's twelfth book of poetry, she returns to some of the themes of her earlier poetry as well as themes that have shaped her prose, but in "The Book of Seventy" her language, her thinking, her images are more distilled, more urgent. That is what makes this a necessary book. Whether writing about mortality, the closely observed quotidian, or reconsidering the voices of Kali, Persephone, and Gaia, Ostriker renders poems in this collection that are breath-taking in their exactitude and density. This is a collection of a commanding poet demonstrating the excellence of her craft and her intuition.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Praise for The Book of Seventy 13 Nov 2009
By Patricia Fargnoli, NH Poet Laureate 12/2006-3/2009 - Published on
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I own this book and loved reading's tender and tough and honest about the later years (which I'm in too). And the news it carries about life, about our lives, is vital for all ages.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should've won a Pulitzer in Poetry 15 Oct 2011
By Prof - Published on
One of these days Alicia Ostriker will take home the recognition she deserves--a Pulitzer or the National Book Award feel long overdue. Poignant, funny, pithy, wry--her poems create memories that you're almost sure were yours before they were hers--so much a part of your brain do they become. She also spins fables and prayers. One of my favorites oddities is this.

The Blessing of the Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog

To be blessed
said the old woman
is to live and work
so hard
God's love
washes right through you
like milk through a cow

To be blessed
said the dark red tulip
is to knock their eyes out
with the slug of lust
implied by
your up-ended skirt

To be blessed
said the dog
is to have a pinch
of God
inside you
and all the other
dogs can smell it
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars much needed 9 Jan 2010
By Amy Brown - Published on
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An unflinching look at the human and spiritual questions we face in this decade. Ostriker tells the truth as it resontates thought myth and memory.
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