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The Book of Seventy

Alicia Suskin Ostriker

Publication Year: 2009

Poems that explore the territory of advancing age—its tragicomedies, its passions, its engagement with the world. Winner of the National Jewish Book Award.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vii

Contents

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pp. viii-xii

I

Approaching Seventy

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pp. 3-9

Stream-Entering

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p. 10-10

Insomnia

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p. 11-11

Lymphoma

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p. 12-12

The Surgeon

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p. 13-13

In Sickness and Health

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p. 14-14

Neurologist

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p. 15-15

Family: Attempted Speech

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p. 16-16

West Fourth Street

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p. 17-17

Late Winter Rain

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p. 18-18

II

Desire and Joy

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p. 21-21

The Married Man

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p. 22-22

The Plateau

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p. 23-23

Our Dead Friend

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pp. 24-25

Sonnetina: The Storm

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p. 26-26

Heaven

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p. 27-27

Honey of Generation

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p. 28-28

III

The Blessing of the Old Woman,the Tulip, and the Dog

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p. 31-31

Apollo to Marsyas

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p. 32-32

Persephone to Demeter

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p. 33-33

Kali in the Sackler Wing

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p. 34-34

Laïs to Aphrodite

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p. 35-35

Artemis to Aphrodite

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p. 36-36

Demeter to Persephone

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p. 37-37

Lord Krishna to the Summer Handyman

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p. 38-38

Gaia Regards Her Children

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p. 39-39

Prayer in Autumn

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pp. 40-42

IV

Drone

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pp. 45-46

Born in the USA

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p. 47-47

Listening to Public Radio

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pp. 48-49

Laundry

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p. 50-50

The Snowfall

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pp. 51-52

Two Poems

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p. 53-53

A Theme for Charles Ives

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p. 54-54

Dear God

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p. 55-55

Almanac

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pp. 56-67

Ars Poetica: three poems

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pp. 68-69

Zeno

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pp. 70-72

Notes

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pp. 73-74

Acknowledgments

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p. 75-75


E-ISBN-13: 9780822990956
E-ISBN-10: 0822990954
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822960515
Print-ISBN-10: 0822960516

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2009

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

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