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Oct 05, 1999
| ISBN 9780375707353
Dec 05, 2012
| ISBN 9780307554758
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Oct 05, 1999 | ISBN 9780375707353
Dec 05, 2012 | ISBN 9780307554758
From Sharon Olds—a stunning new collection of poems that project a fresh spirit, a startling energy of language and counterpoint, and a moving, elegiac tone shot through with humor.From poems that erupt out of history and childhood to those that embody the nurturing of a new generation of children and the transformative power of marital love, Sharon Olds takes risks, writing boldly of physical, emotional, and spiritual sensations that are seldom the stuff of poetry. These are poems that strike for the heart, as Sharon Olds captures our imagination with unexpected wordplay, sprung rhythms, and the disquieting revelations of ordinary life. Writing at the peak of her powers, this greatly admired poet gives us her finest collection.
Winner of the 2000 Paterson Poetry Prize"She has written without embarrassment or apology, with remarkable passion and savagery and nerve, poems about family and family pathology, early erotic fascination, and sexual life inside marriage."–Amy HempelSharon Olds divides this new book into five sections–"Blood," "Tin," "Straw," "Fire," and "Light"–each made up of fourteen poems whose dominant imagery is drawn from one of these elements. The poems are rooted in different moments of an ordinary life and weave back and forth in time. Each section suggests the progression of the making of a soul cleansed by blood, forged by fire, suffused by light. Unafraid to confront the ecstatic or the brutal side of a woman’s experience, Sharon Olds transforms her subjects with an alchemist’s art, using language that is alternately casual and startling, fierce and transcendent. This is an intensely moving collection by one of our finest poets.
SHARON OLDS was born in San Francisco and educated at Stanford University and Columbia University. The winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and England’s T. S. Eliot Prize for her 2012 collection, Stag’s Leap, she is the author of eleven previous books… More about Sharon Olds
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