Illuminations

The Killing

by Alicia Ostriker

 

The killing will not stop. A scarlet
hail is always behind our eyes.
The morning paper, shreds of flesh,
poisons the bread, the salt, the cheese.

Husband, I want to fight the good
battle of hip, and breast, and thigh,
where pleasure, spoil of sinew, breeds
outrageous generosity.

I want to see our children spring
free as this coarse grass. I suppose
the killing will not stop. The killing
will not stop. Who knows. Who knows.

 

First Year Experience
Common Read
One Book

View our
Featured Authors »

Speaker News

MGTheMare300h-92x110

Praise for The Mare


The Guardian lauds Mary Gaitskill's The Mare as "bold, dramatic and deeply unsettling." Mary discusses the novel with Guernica.
kwame

Kwame Dawes Poems


Oxford American Magazine Summer 2016 issue features three poems by Kwame Dawes.
Mylescropped-92x110

Myles on the ’70s


Eileen Myles Talks to The Civilians about the 70’s, Patti Smith, and "Poetry Voice.”
MGTheMare300h-92x110

The Guardian


Mary Gaitskill talks to The Guardian about writing, parenting and teaching.
rankine_news

Stop and Frisk


Claudia Rankine on race and reactions to gun violence in America with NPR Weekend Edition.
See past news »

Featured Video

BLUE FLOWER ARTS

Fall Writers Conference 2016

Atlantic Center for the Arts
November 9-13, 2016

Nick Flynn — Poetry

Dani Shapiro — Memoir

Andre Dubus III — Fiction

More Information »