A Woman Under the Surface
Poems and Prose Poems. Princeton Series in Contemporary Poets
From "A Woman Under the Surface" MOON AND EARTH "Alicia Ostriker" Of one substance, of oneMatter, they have cruellyBroken apart. They never will touchEach other again. The shiningLovelier and youngerTurns away, a pitiful girl.She is completely nakedAnd it hurts. The largerMotherly one, breathlessly luminousEmerald, and blue, and whiteTraveling mists, suffersBirth and death, birthand death, and the shockOf internal heat killed by external cold.They are dancing through that blackness.They press as ifTo come closer.
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"Cool, cerebral, studied. Passionate, visceral, immediate. Can the same poet write both kinds of poems? . . . Alicia Ostriker is not only writing both kinds of poems-she also is fashioning poems that are cold and fiery at the same time."--"San Francisco Chronicle"