Apr 17, 2013

Alicia Ostriker, "April" and "In Every Life"

Do you have a preference between these two spring poems by Alicia Ostriker?  Whatever your answer, isn't it good to find serious, intelligent, probing poetry that's also playful?  

April by Alicia Ostriker : Poetry Magazine

In Every Life by Alicia Ostriker : Poetry Magazine



Hannah Stephenson said...

I remember reading these oddball, cool poems in that issue of Poetry, and thinking how strange they were (in a good way, of course).

I think I prefer the first poem, its levity and childishness. I like the humor in this one more than the second, I think.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Both funny - both have old women, tulips and dogs in them. I go for the second. I like the ending argument presented by the philosophical dog. Reminds me of a conversation recently had by asking a blogger her opinion of "White Teeth" She shared the same opinion

Stickup Artist said...

That's a hard choice, I like them both very much; this sad yet funny, contemporary, succinct look at the "nature of reality." I'm leaving, wishing I was the dog...

Anonymous said...

I don't care for either, but the photos are wonderful (per usual). What kind of bird?

Banjo52 said...

No agreement! so far . . . My jury's out too.

AH, plain old gold finch, but in late April (last year) he was, as I've been told, jacked up on testosterone for breeding and therefore color. I think the dog in the poem would appreciate that bit of science.

Brenda's Arizona said...

"Concerto of good stinks"!

"You are creating distinctions
that do not exist in reality..."

-The dogs have the best lines.

But the tulips are the smartest and the old women are... humans.

RuneE said...

One really has to print them out and have them side by side. I THINK I prefer the second one: The first one felt more "grumpy" while the second one felt more philosophical. What I'm quit sure about is that I enjoyed the photos - especially the last one.

Brenda's Arizona said...

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Here is one:

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