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Poems by Kathleen Ossip
"I'm afraid of death"
Essays by Kathleen Ossip
Postcard: Dear Poets, Here's some advice ~
Poems about the Past
Book Loaned to Tom Andrews
by Bobby C. Rogers
Evasive Action
by Charlie Smith
by Marilyn Buck
Last Century
by Wyatt Prunty
On Becoming a Poet in the 1950s
by Stephen Beal
The Ark Upon His Shoulders
by Forrest Gander
The Hammock
by Li-Young Lee
The Past
by Michael Ryan
The Present Crisis
by James Russell Lowell
Wedding Album 1977
by Tess Taylor
When I Am in the Kitchen
by Jeanne Marie Beaumont
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Books Noted
Kathleen Ossip, The Cold War
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The Cold War [excerpt]

by Kathleen Ossip

                                             Craft is a synthesis: thought in the service of
                                             understanding. Think hard in order to open to
                                             understanding: that is craft

K. was hungrily made.

K. is an American creation.

K. cannot recommend realism.

K. cannot recommend surrealism.

K. cannot recommend plain speech.

K. cannot recommend free association.

K. can recommend song:

      The tug of the past.
      Don't let go so fast
      of what you're haunted by—
      It'll last till it lasts.

                                 The former things                      pass away

Craft will take us through this wood.

From The Cold War, published by Sarabande Books. Copyright 2011 by Kathleen Ossip. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.
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