The Cold War by Kathleen Ossip
Sarabande Books, 2011
100 Best Books of 2011, Publishers Weekly
2011 Notable Books, Academy of American Poets
From the powerful drama and formal boldness of “The Status Seekers” to the various theories of criticism in “The Nervousness of Yvor Winters,” Kathleen Ossip’s second collection takes up the crazed threads of modern experience and all its contradictions. Each poem, each new approach is an attempt to extract something concrete from an era not yet past. Yet as the poet probes and wonders, she gradually reveals another narrative, built on strangled emotion and subdued lyricism. The Cold War is jagged and thought-provoking. It questions the origins and premises of contemporary American culture.