The Window, at the Moment of Flame

By Alicia Ostriker b. 1937 Alicia Ostriker
And all this while I have been playing with toys
A toy power station a toy automobile a house of blocks

And all this while far off in other lands
Thousands and thousands, millions and millions—

You know—you see the pictures
Women carrying their bony infants

Men sobbing over graves
Buildings sculpted by explosion

Earth wasted bare and rotten—
And all this while I have been shopping, I have

Been let us say free
And do they hate me for it

Do they hate me

"The Window, at the Moment of Flame" from No Heaven, by Alicia Suskin Ostriker, © 2005. All rights are controlled by the University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Used by permission of the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Source: No Heaven (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005)

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Poet Alicia Ostriker b. 1937

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects War & Conflict, Class, Social Commentaries

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Poet, critic, and activist Alicia Ostriker was born in 1937 in New York City. She earned degrees from Brandeis and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Twice a finalist for the National Book Award, Ostriker has published numerous volumes of poetry, including The Book of Seventy (2009), which received the Jewish National Book Award. Other books of poetry include No Heaven (2005); The Volcano Sequence (2002); Little Space (1998), . . .

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SUBJECT War & Conflict, Class, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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