Alicia Ostriker

Major American poet and critic Alicia Ostriker has been twice nominated for a National Book Award, and is the author of fourteen volumes of poetry, including The Book of Seventy (2009), which won the Jewish Book Award for Poetry, and The Old Woman, the Tulip and the Dog, published in 2014. Ostriker’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Antaeus, The Nation, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, The Atlantic, MS, Tikkun, and many other journals, and her work has been widely anthologized.

Manahatta by Alicia Ostriker

  But forgetfulness does not exist, dreams do not exist; flesh exists. –Garcia Lorca I was asking for something specific and perfect for my city, says Walt, lover of crowds, lover of all trades and occupations, celebrant of the daily tide of immigrants, and I too seek the perfect image […]

How Fortunate the Boy by Alicia Ostriker

  How fortunate the boy             holding his father’s hand                         crossing the street coming home from a movie             they let him stay                         up late to see in the night and the rain             the taxi making a left                         pulling him under its wheels injuring the father             instantly almost painlessly                         killing the boy […]