Creative Writing

The Cold War by Kathleen Ossip

41a1+BBlFFLThe Cold War by Kathleen Ossip, graduate, the MFA in Creative Writing at The New School; faculty, Creative Writing at The New School.

Sarabande Books, 2011

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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.

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