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Fall/Winter 2017



Alicia Ostriker

CHAPTER SIX: GAIA POURS CHAI, WATCHING OVER THE PARAPETS

It is a beginning
such as I have never seen
in America

or anywhere on the planet
it is a beginning if they continue
to keep their hand on that plow

hold on, if they vow
no more auction block for me
or for anyone, and get your rosaries 

off my ovaries--that sign made me laugh

and think Oh women, and Oh dear men
in your many millions
keep up the sweet good work

 


Twice a finalist for the National Book Award, Alicia Ostriker has published numerous volumes of poetry, including The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog (2014), The Book of Seventy (2009), which received the Jewish National Book Award. Other books of poetry include No Heaven (2005); The Volcano Sequence (2002); Little Space (1998), a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; The Crack in Everything (1996), which won the Paterson Award and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award; The Imaginary Lover (1986), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award; A Woman Under the Surface (1983), Once More Out of Darkness (1974), and Songs (1969).

 


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