Alicia Suskin Ostriker is a major American poet and critic. She is the author of numerous poetry collections, including, most recently, The Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog; The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems, 1979-2011; and The Book of Seventy, wi
"Brava/bravo to University of Pittsburgh Press for reissuing
Ostriker's seminal work in the gradual accretion of powerful poetry
by women about their bodies, their inner lives, their societal
positions. Her feminist affirmation of motherhood comes against the
backdrop of protests against the Vietnam War, the murders at Kent
State, and the New York Times's revelation of The Pentagon
Papers. Nowhere in late twentieth-century belles lettres has the
personal inserted itself so meaningfully into the political."
"Ostriker's work details the achievement of a connection between personal history and public fact as both present themselves to a very intelligent writer . . . Nothing in the novels of Margaret Drabble is as affecting, as convincing, as a few lines of Ostriker's."
--American Poetry Review
Past praise for The Mother/Child Papers
"It is startling to read the early pages of this book: where, before this, was the literature of squalid bliss and righteous woe of taking care of an infant? It is alive in Ostriker . . . one of the most intelligent and lyrical of American poets."