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No Heaven

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Alicia Suskin Ostriker's voice has long been acknowledged as a major force in American poetry. In No Heaven, her eleventh collection, she takes a hint from John Lennon's "Imagine" to wrestle with the world as it is: "no hell below us, / above us only sky."

It is a world of cities, including New York, London, Jerusalem, and Berlin, where the poet can celebrate pickup basketb...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 15th 2005 by University of Pittsburgh Press
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Reading Alicia Suskin Ostriker’s poems in No Heaven is like having someone who needs to impart something essential to you lean in, quietly and yet with great intensity, to show you something of utmost importance, never lecturing, never condescending, the unearthing of vital information seeming to occur in the moment of telling, so when, the payoffs in the poems themselves take place, in the burst of the revealed moment, the impact is intense and profound.

The ease of the language, it’s casualnes...more
If there are no gods to give us succor in Alicia Ostriker’s collection of poetry No Heaven, the reader does find among possible alternatives: humanity. But humanity is like the unseen babies in one of Ostriker’s poems, it is “the animal premise of the whole image.” The line comes from “Baby Carriages,” and though quoted out of context, in context it suggests even more of what I believe Ostriker is striving for in this book. The poem begins describing a photo of several women passing their time t...more
Aug 29, 2009 John rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I was a little disappointed with this. It is one of the few poetry books I have read that was more interesting the first reading than the second. I liked the ekphrastic poems more then the others. The writing is lovely, the themes and style seem like what I can hear at my monthly writing workshop or open mikes.
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