The Search Engine by Kathleen Ossip

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"Irresistible," wrote Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott when he selected Kathleen Ossip’s The Search Engine for the Honickman Prize from more than 1000 manuscripts. "You feel like quoting her," Walcott continued, "because she is . . . so fresh and so open." Ossip’s poetry is word-rich and music-lush, infused with fastidious hilarity and a genuine intelligence. It is a poetry of nerves, with a hunger for subtlety. She admits her influences easily, using pop songs and academic quotes in a self-confessed, even parodic search for her voice. As Richard Howard remarks: "An astonishment, this first book, and what a comfort!"

Kathleen Ossip teaches at The New School. Her poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry and The Paris Review. She lives outside New York City.

 

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Kathleen Ossip: Kathleen Ossip is the author of The Search Engine, which was selected by Derek Walcott for the APR/Honickman First Book Prize and nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and of Cinephrastics, a chapbook of movie poems. Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, The Washington Post, Fence, The Believer, and Poetry Review (London). She teaches at The New School in New York, where she is Editor-at-Large for LIT, and the Poetry Editor of Women's Studies Quarterly. Ossip was born and raised in Albany, New York, in a large Italian-Irish family, and now lives outside of New York City with her husband and daughter.
 
Published September 1, 2002 by Copper Canyon Press. 96 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Formal agility plays a fast game of tag with modern urban women's issues in The Search Engine, the slippery and absolutely contemporary debut from Kathleen Ossip, which slips non sequiturs and famo

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Formal agility plays a fast game of tag with modern urban women's issues in The Search Engine, the slippery and absolutely contemporary debut from Kathleen Ossip, which slips non sequiturs and famous names (from Woody Allen to the Waldorf) into its sonnets, syllabics, macaronics, and other hi...

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