The Volcano Sequence
DescriptionA bold, erotic, and spiritual collection of poetry from well-respected poet and critic Alicia Suskin Ostriker, whose previous two books were both National Book Award finalists.
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--Women's Review of Books
"In her tenth collection, Ostriker's need to understand a woman's relationship with "ruach" (wind, breath, spirit of God) is a crucial poetic--and human--act, making this is an innovative "book of life" for men and women alike. Recommended for all poetry collections."
"Every year, I try to recommend a book of poetry, and this year I've found a great one: Alicia Suskin Ostriker's 'the volcano sequence. A mature, philosophical, yet playful voice comes through in these tight poems. Intense and profound, these poems also dazzle with surprising imaginery."
"the volcano sequence is one of the those poems the world of literature occasionally has the good fortune to receive which doesn't so much sum up a life, as embody it. Ostriker's spiritual consciousness is abundant, complex, she has many moral sympathies and many symbolic selves to enact her curiosities and compassion. Her ruminations and ethical queries range from the world of the bible, to India, classical Greece and most urgently to our own imperfect dominion, as it is lived in the mind and the body, in passion and despair. This is a poem with a voice of its own; it is a prayer to God, and a hymn of accusation for the lapses of divinity; it is a psalm of praise for the life of the flesh, and a mourning for life's fleetingness. Most importantly, Ostriker finds, and offers us, a heartening solace in the rigor of her regard."
--C. K. Williams
"Complex, original, and written with a truly literate and skilled economy of words. 'the volcano sequence' is a compilation of verse that fully showcases Ostriker a master poet in the full vigor of her imagination and wordsmithing talent."
--Midwest Book Review