The Book of Seventy

The Book of Seventy

ALICIA SUSKIN OSTRIKER
Copyright Date: 2009
Pages: 88
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt9qh88n
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    The Book of Seventy
    Book Description:

    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.

    eISBN: 978-0-8229-9095-6
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[vii])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [viii]-[xii])
  3. I
  4. II
  5. III
  6. IV
    • DRONE
      (pp. 45-46)
    • BORN IN THE USA
      (pp. 47-47)
    • LISTENING TO PUBLIC RADIO
      (pp. 48-49)
    • LAUNDRY
      (pp. 50-50)

      Just finished folding laundry. There’s the news. A slender prisoner, ankles shackled, nude back and legs striped by a brown substance you might take for blood but which probably is feces, hair long, arms extended like a dancer’s, walks toward a soldier with rolled-up pants and a gun, posed legs akimbo tough boots in the tiled corridor. I cannot say from the image if the soldier is smiling, too few pixels to tell. Barely do the prisoner’s elegant feet touch the floor. In another nude photograph a prisoner with shorter hair cowers against a wall while two dogs whose leashes...

    • THE SNOWFALL
      (pp. 51-52)
    • TWO POEMS
      (pp. 53-53)
    • A THEME FOR CHARLES IVES
      (pp. 54-54)
    • DEAR GOD
      (pp. 55-55)
    • ALMANAC
      (pp. 56-67)
    • ARS POETICA: THREE POEMS
      (pp. 68-69)
    • ZENO
      (pp. 70-72)
  7. NOTES
    (pp. 73-74)
  8. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. 75-75)