Creative Writing

The Search Engine by Kathleen Ossip

Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 12.13.30 PMThe Search Engine by Kathleen Ossip, graduate, the MFA in Creative Writing at The New School; faculty, Creative Writing at The New School.

Copper Canyon Press, 2002

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“Irresistible,” wrote Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott when he selected Kathleen Ossip’s The Search Engine for the Honickman Prize from more than 1000 manuscripts. “You feel like quoting her,” Walcott continued, “because she is. . .so fresh and so open.” Ossip’s poetry is word-rich and music-lush, infused with fastidious hilarity and a genuine intelligence. It is a poetry of nerves, with a hunger for subtlety. She admits her influences easily, using pop songs and academic quotes in a self-confessed, even parodic search for her voice. As Richard Howard remarks: “An astonishment, this first book, and what a comfort!”

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