Jill Osier


Jill Osier is an American poet who was born in Iowa and now lives in Alaska. Her poetry appears in three chapbooks and in such journals as Crazyhorse, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and The Southern Review. A recipient of an NEA Fellowship, Osier has served as the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Chapbook Fellow at The Frost Place, and the George Bennett Fellow at Phillips Exeter Academy. Honors for her work include the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize and Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award.

 

The Solace Is Not the Lullaby


Series judge Carl Phillips says: “‘It might have happened/at the river,’ begins one poem, called ‘Story,’ after which we are told several things, but never what happened, or to whom – a situation that could, in less capable hands, lead to reader frustration. But the poems of Osier’s The Solace Is Not the Lullaby quietly, cumulatively, persuasively argue for restraint and precision (both too often forgotten in contemporary poetry) as tools for the confession that the art of story – of telling – finally amounts to. The poems give record not to what’s been lost, but to the knowing ‘you may have had something/but lost it.’ The knowing, suggests Osier, may well be enough, or have to be. Her poems announce what must suffice: ‘We have seen every edge, they say,/and you were right.’ Osier’s is a sensibility unlike any I’ve encountered before – the poems here are thrilling, and strangely new.”