Jacqueline Osherow’s Seventh Collection Travels the World

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,
self-possessed cabal
of trees—poincianas,
oleanders, jacarandas—
and their loudmouth
sidekicks, the bougainvilleas—
must flabbergast these
nervous little streets,
not to mention their
luftmensch namesakes,
a tri-millennial backlog
of monomaniacs, poets,
crackpots, rabbis,
schnorers, dreamers,
for some of them,
these selfsame
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.

For more information, contact Jenny Keegan at 225-578-6453 or jenniferkeegan@lsu.edu or visit www.lsupress.org.

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014