The Crack In Everything by Alicia Suskin Ostriker
(Pitt Poetry Series)

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This newest volume of poetry from Alicia Suskin Ostriker is her most ambitious to date, ranging from laments and celebrations for a flawed world to meditations on art and artists, to a powerful exploration of illness and healing.

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Alicia Ostriker is the author of seven volumes of poetry, as well as "Vision and Verse in William Blake" and an annotated edition of Blake's "Complete Poems," Her work as a feminist critic includes "Writing like a Woman" and the widely influential and controversial "Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women's Poetry in America.
Published April 11, 1996 by University of Pittsburgh Press. 112 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ostriker's poetics claim, as in ""The Class,"" ""To gather pain into language, to promise/ The critics are wrong, the other professors are wrong/ Who describe an art divisible from dirt,/ From rotten life."" Yet these poems insist on life's essential goodness and passionate joy: ""At the intersec...

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And while they elicit Ostriker's warning against "the old myth that suffering is virtue" ("The Russian Army Goes into Baku," 27), in her poem titled "The Class" the light nevertheless gets in: Against evidence, the teacher believes Poetry heals, or redeems suffering, If we can enter its hou...

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