Friday, April 20, 2018

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April 20, 2018


Alicia Ostriker
Alicia Ostriker reads "Thirsting."

About This Poem


"The thirsting described in this poem comes from the experience of aging. With age comes physical depletion but also, at times, mental and spiritual depletion. When we were young we thought we could change the world; we were self-confident to the point of arrogance. And now, even if we know that self-confidence was illusory, we still yearn for it—and the world still needs changing."
—Alicia Ostriker


Alicia Ostriker's most recent book is Waiting for the Light (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017). She lives in New York City and teaches in the Drew University low-residency MFA program in poetry and poetry in translation.


Poetry by Ostriker


Waiting for the Light

(University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017)

"The Gardener" by Patricia Hooper


"Self-Portrait in the Bathroom Mirror" by Mary Jo Bang


"A Face, a Cup" by Molly Peacock


April Guest Editor: Tracy K. Smith


Thanks to Tracy K. Smith, current United States poet laureate and author of Wade in the Water (Graywolf Press, 2018), who curated Poem-a-Day this month. Read more about Smith and our guest editors for the year.

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"Thirsting" by Alicia Ostriker