Alicia Suskin Ostriker Poems

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1.
Psalm

I am not lyric any more
I will not play the harp
for your pleasure
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2.
Wrinkly Lady Dancer

Going to be an old wrinkly lady
Going to be one of those frail rag people
Going to have withered hands and be
Puzzled to tears crossing the street
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3.
The Leaf Pile

Now here is a typical children's story
that happens in gorgeous October
when the mothers are coming
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4.
Exile

The downward turning touch
the cry of time
fire falling without sound
plunge my hand in the wound
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5.
Birdcall

—for Elizabeth Bishop

Tuwee, calls a bird near the house,
Tuwee, cries another, downhill in the woods.
No wind, early September, beeches and pines,
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6.
The Dogs at Live Oak Beach, Santa Cruz

As if there could be a world
Of absolute innocence
In which we forget ourselves
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7.
The History of America

—for Paul Metcalf
A linear projection: a route. It crosses
The ocean in many ships. Arriving in the new
Land, it cuts through and down forests and it
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8.
In Every Life

In every life there's a moment or two
when the self disappears, the cruel wound
takes over, and then again
at times we are filled with sky
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9.
Daffodils

—for David Lehman

Ten thousand saw I at a glance
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
—William Wordsworth
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10.
April

The optimists among us
taking heart because it is spring
skip along
attending their meetings
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