Ostriker, Alicia (1937 - )

Index to poems


For more poems, see the Academy of America Poets


  • Birdcall
  • Demeter to Persephone
  • Exile
  • Insomnia
  • psalm

and The Poetry Foundation


  • A Clearing by a Stream
  • A Young Woman, A Tree
  • After the Shipwreck
  • Anxiety About Dying
  • April
  • Boil
  • Contest
  • Daffodils
  • Encountering the Dead
  • Fisherman
  • Helium
  • I Can't Speak
  • In Every Life
  • In the Dust
  • Matisse, Too
  • Message from the Sleeper at Hell's Mouth
  • Metaphor
  • Moth in April
  • Mother/Child: Coda
  • Nude Descending
  • Poem Beginning with a Line by Dickinson
  • Saturday Night
  • Sex
  • Single Woman Speaking
  • Soften and Melt
  • Song
  • Sonnet. To Tell the Truth
  • Stream
  • Taking the Shuttle with Franz
  • The Blessing of the Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog
  • The Change
  • The Dogs at Live Oak Beach, Santa Cruz
  • The End of the Line
  • The History of America
  • The Leaf Pile
  • The Orange Cat
  • The Window, at the Moment of Flame
  • The Woman Who Ran Away
  • Three Men Walking, Three Brown Silhouettes
  • What I Want


      • Williams, Amy. "Alicia Ostriker". Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 120: American Poets Since World War II, Third Series. A Bruccoli Clark Layman Book. Edited by R. S. Gwynn, Lamar University. The Gale Group, 1992. pp. 239-242.
      • Ostriker, Alicia. Songs. New York, NY: Holt, 1969. PS3565 .S83 S6 Robarts Library.
      • --.Once More Out of Darkness, and Other Poems. New York, NY: Smith/Horizon Press, 1971; enlarged edition, Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Poets Cooperative, 1974.
      • --.A Dream of Springtime. New York, NY: Smith/Horizon Press, 1979.
      • --.The Mother/Child Papers. Santa Monica, CA: Momentum, 1980. PS3565 .S83 M6 2009 Robarts Library.
      • --.A Woman under the Surface: Poems and Prose Poems. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1982. PS3565 .S83 W6 Robarts Library.
      • --.The Imaginary Lover. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1986. PS3565 .S83 I5 1986 Robarts Library.
      • --.Green Age. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989. PS3565 .S83 G7 1989 Robarts Library.
      • --.The Crack in Everything. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996. PS3565 .S83 C7 1996X Robarts Library.
      • --.The Little Space: Poems Selected and New, 1968-1998. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998. PS3565 .S83 L58 1998X Robarts Library.
      • --.The Volcano Sequence. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002. PS3565 .S83 V64 2002 Robarts Library.
      • --.No Heaven. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005. PS3565 .S83 N6 2005 Robarts Library.
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November 11, 1937
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father : David Suskin
mother : Beatrice Suskin
husband : Jeremiah P. Ostriker (from Dec. 1958)
son : Gabriel Ostriker
daughter : Eve Ostriker
daughter : Rebecca Ostriker
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