LitBirthdays November 11, 2010

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November 11

Alicia Ostriker - photo by Jill Brazel Alicia Ostriker (born November 11, 1937) – U.S. poet – A Woman Under the Surface: Poems and Prose Poems (1982)

Read about Alicia Ostriker here and here

The Blessing of the Old Woman, the Tulip and the Dog

To be blessed
said the old woman
is to have so many
love just
washes through you
like milk through a cow

to be blessed
said the dark red tulip
is to knock their eyes out
with the slug of lust
implied by
your up-ended

to be blessed
said the dog
is to have a pinch
of God
inside you
and all the other dogs
can smell it.

Read more of Alicia Ostriker’s poems at

Listen to Alicia Ostriker read
four of her poems


Homage to Dante

He stood as on a station platform, the wind
Hollowly rushing. A dull glare lit things dimly.
Then the wheel paused, and flickering, they told —

Her lips like apricots, like figs, her breasts
Symmetrical as wineglasses, and the soft nude boy
Tossing his restless curls, thrusting his pale …

(read the entire poem here)

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