The little space: poems selected and new, 1968-1998

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University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998 - Poetry - 231 pages
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In this selection of poems from thirty years of a distinguished writing career, we see the growth of a poet's mind, heart, and spirit as Ostriker struggles to love "this wounded / World that we cannot heal, that is our bride".

Whether she probes the meaning of childhood, family, marriage, and motherhood, or art, history politics, and God: whether she is celebrating sexuality or confronting mortality, the poet includes "whatever I can grasp of human experience within my art -- the good and beautiful, the evil and chaotic. I tell my students that they must write what they are afraid to write; and I attempt to do so myself".

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The little space: poems selected and new, 1968-1998

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Openness and transparency mark this lively and moving collection by award-winning poet and feminist literary critic Ostriker (The Crack in Everything, LJ 4/1/96). The volume begins with Ostriker's ... Read full review

Contents

The Anniversary
3
Becky and Benny in Far Rockaway
11
The Fool Stands Up to Teach King Lear Again
17
Copyright

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Alicia Ostriker is the author of seven volumes of poetry, as well as "Vision and Verse in William Blake" and an annotated edition of Blake's "Complete Poems," Her work as a feminist critic includes "Writing like a Woman" and the widely influential and controversial "Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women's Poetry in America.

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