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The Mother/Child Papers

With a new preface by the author

Alicia Suskin Ostriker

Publication Year: 2009

In 1970, as the war in Vietnam was heating up, Ostriker was awaiting the birth of her son. On April 30, President Nixon announced the bombing of Cambodia. On May 14, four students were shot and killed by National Guardsmen at Kent State University. The poems in this collection confront Ostriker’s personal tumult as she considered the world she had brought her son into

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Title Page, Copyright

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preface

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pp. ix-xii

Some things change, some things do not change, some things appear to disappear, and then return.
Women have been giving birth to babies for hundreds of thousands of years. It is likely that war has existed as long as people have existed. We human beings are a loving and violent species...

I: Cambodia

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pp. 1-6

II: mother/child

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pp. 7-30

III: the spaces

Letter to M

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p. 33-33

Song of the Abandoned One

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p. 34-34

Macbeth and the Kids in the Cabin at Chester

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p. 35-35

Things to Remember of Eve

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p. 36-36

In the Autumn of My Thirty-Seventh Birthday

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pp. 37-39

Exile

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p. 40-40

The Spaces

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pp. 41-42

Propaganda Poem: Maybe for Some Young Mamas

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pp. 43-49

The Leaf Pile

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pp. 50-51

The Seven Samurai, The Dolly, and Mary Cassatt

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p. 52-52

The Change

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pp. 53-54

One, to Fly

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p. 55-55

IN THE DUST

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pp. 56-57

His Speed and Strength

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p. 58-58

Iv: this power

One Marries

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pp. 61-63

This Power

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p. 64-64

Dream

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p. 65-65


E-ISBN-13: 9780822978268
E-ISBN-10: 0822978261
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822960331
Print-ISBN-10: 0822960338

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2009

Series Title: Pitt Poetry Series
Series Editor Byline: Ed Ochester

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