Little Stranger

Lisa Olstein

The poems in Little Stranger, Lisa Olstein’s third collection, reverberate with twinned realities: wonder and terror, beauty and difficulty, celebration and lament. Adventuring through worlds within worlds, the poet engages with science, art, war, and motherhood, and rolls out a child’s encyclopedia of animals—tiger, ibex, barasingha—while exploring the tenuousness of attachment and the rapidly shifting nature of knowledge. In poems that are erudite, lyrical, and above all empathetic, Olstein illuminates both the magic and the sorrow in our world.

ISBN: 9781556594328

Format: Paperback

About the Author

Lisa Olstein is the author of four poetry collections, Lost Alphabet, Little Stranger, Late Empire, and Radio Crackling, Radio Gone, and a book-length lyric essay, Pain Studies. She is also the lyricist for the rock band Cold Satellite, a collaboration with the singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault. Olstein’s honors include a Lannan Residency, Pushcart Prize, Hayden Carruth Award, Essay Press Chapbook Prize, and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Centrum. She co-founded the Juniper Initiative and for ten …

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“Is she just smarter about syntax, more articulate about human drama, more imaginative about eeriness, more insightful about sadness, more capable of turning a novel phrase, more engaging a storyteller than nearly all the rest of her peers? Well, yes.” —Huffington Post

“Beautifully crafted and unsettling in just the right way, these poems track a poet of growing importance.” —Library Journal