The Character by Jena Osman
(Barnard New Women Poets Series)

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Winner of the 1998 Barnard New Women Poets Prize

The poems in Jena Osman's first volume embody the poem as performance, revealing the tensions between narrative coherence and Brechtian self-consciousness, and our constitution by "characters" of all types. Playful, mysterious, and challenging, The Character is for anyone interested in the inscription of power by means of language.

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JENA OSMAN is the author of three previous books, including The Network, winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series Award, and The Character, winner of the 1998 Barnard College New Women Poets Prize. She teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Temple University.
Published May 1, 1999 by Beacon Press. 128 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Winner of the 1998 Barnard New Women Poets Prize, Osman presents a complete portrait of the formal interests of postmodern poetry by employing such techniques as the ""page-as-score"" and making use of non-linguistic signs, disjunctive footnotes (and footnotes to footnotes), collage texts (and ot...

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This "middle-tech" paradox play sets the work apart, not because it is apodictically more attractive or momentous to aesthetic taste, but because it works in a specific sense to expand the work of poetry rather than play its variations.

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