11/04/2014 03:48 PM
BATON ROUGE – In “Ultimatum from Paradise,” published by LSU Press, Jacqueline Osherow gives readers perfectly formed, musical
poems that glide between the worlds of art, architecture, literature and religion.
Traveling through Europe, Tel Aviv, and New York, Osherow observes with a keen eye
the details of objects – beautiful buildings and ancient artifacts – and of the conversations
and interactions she has with others.
Finely constructed and always engaging, her poems uncover the startling truths of
memory and coax reader’s own forgotten moments from the recesses of the mind.
“How this shameless,
and their loudmouth
sidekicks, the bougainvilleas—
must flabbergast these
nervous little streets,
not to mention their
a tri-millennial backlog
of monomaniacs, poets,
for some of them,
streets the dream –”
from “Dream Snapshots, Tel Aviv”
Osherow is Distinguished Professor of English and creative writing at the University
of Utah and the author of six previous books of poems. She has won many honors for
her work, including the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy and Institute
of Arts and Letters and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014