Tuesday, December 6
NO REGULAR CLASS PERIOD—Please come to my “Office”—VC7-290K at your assigned time ** be sure to bring your most current draft of Paper 3**
Poetry Reading on September 21, 7PM
@ Baruch Performing Arts Center
Engelman Recital Hall, Level B2, Newman Vertical Campus
Baruch Performing Arts Center & The Jewish Studies Center
A Reading by Poet Jacki Osherow
Poet Jacki Osherow celebrates the release of her latest collection of poetry Whitethorn (LSU Press 2011).
Often inhabiting a variety of demanding formal structures such as terza rima and the double sestina, Osherow’s poetry is both conversational and learned, concerned with the intricacies of faith and the weight of history. As a reviewer for Publishers Weekly noted, Osherow is “a poet who offers opinions and reactions to the weightiest questions of history and religion, while sounding less like an authority than like a particularly well-traveled friend.” She is particularly interested in biblical inconsistencies, and her psalms have their root in the holy poems she heard as a child at temple. In a 1999 essay for the Poetry Society of America, Osherow wrote, “If I write out of a specific poetic tradition, it is the Jewish poetic tradition, American poet though I am.”
She has been awarded the Witter Bynner Prize by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, several prizes from the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation.
Osherow’s work has been anthologized in Twentieth Century American Poetry (2003), The Wadsworth Anthology of Poetry (2005), Jewish American Literature: A Norton Anthology (2000), and The Penguin Book of the Sonnet (2001), and twice in Best American Poetry