Letter from Poetry Magazine

Letter to the Editor

by Peter Pitzele

Dear Editor,

Alicia Ostriker’s poems [February 2011] sparkled for me with an unusual combination of humor, surprise, and wisdom. The happy friction of her three perspectives—the old woman, the tulip, and the dog—gives off a good deal of insight. Each figure has its particular music—(how about the dog’s “cellos of the river,” or the bee who makes the tulip “shiver like a rag,” or the old woman’s “pungent twitters and blogs”?) The apparent ease of her lyrics must derive from a lifetime’s craft, the elder-music of a genial spirit.

bay shore, new york

Originally Published: April 1, 2011

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This prose originally appeared in the April 2011 issue of Poetry magazine

April 2011


Peter Pitzele earned a BA and PhD at Harvard University and an MA at Oxford University. The author of Our Father’s Wells: A Personal Encounter With the Myth of Genesis (1995) and Scripture Windows: Towards a Practice of Bibliodrama (1998), he is the developer of bibliodrama, an interpretive, role-playing approach to close textual study of the Bible. Pitzele has worked as a clinical psychodramatist and has taught at Harvard, . . .

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