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An Essay in Asterisks
by Jena Osman
Poetry. This is the third full-length book of poetry from Jena Osman, following her highly praised work The Character, published by Beacon Press. Osman teaches in the graduate Creative Writing Program at Temple University in Philadelphia and co-edits the literary arts journal CHAIN with Juliana Spahr. "Unimaginable is a word I think of a lot when reading Jena Osman's poetr ...more
Paperback, 101 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Roof Books
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Much like 2010's 'The Network,' Osman's approach here reduces the political and ethical to the realm of the language game, without trivializing any of the categories involved. Her humor is sort of like Georg Buchner's humor-- delighted and urbane, but earthy and horrific as well. She does things with found language that I didn't even know could be done, stuff that should make Timothy Donnelly bury his head in his arms and shake weeping. Great, great, great.