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Selected Poems Michael Ondaatje has called Sharon Olds's poetry 'pure fire in the hands' and cheered the 'roughness and humour and brag and tenderness and completion in her work as she carries the reader through rooms of passion and loss' This rich selection made by the author exhibits those ualities in poem after poem reflecting over an exciting experimentation with rhythm and language and a movement toward an embrace beyond the personal Subjects are revisited the pain of childhood adolescent sexual stirrings the fulfilment of marriage the wonder of children but each re casting penetrates ever deeply enriched by new perceptions and conceitsA powerful distillation of the best work from one of America's most gifted and widely read poets drawn from her seven published volumes this is a testament to a remarkable writer's depth range and continuing development

About the Author: Sharon Olds

Born in San Francisco on November 19 1942 Sharon Olds earned a BA at Stanford University and a PhD at Columbia UniversityHer first collection of poems Satan Says 1980 received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award Olds's following collection The Dead & the Living 1983 received the Lamont Poetry Selection in 1983 and the National Book Critics Circle AwardHer other collect

10 thoughts on “Selected Poems

  1. says:

    “I want to live I take them up like the male and female paper dolls and bang them together at the hips like chips of flint as if to strike sparks from them I sayDo what you are going to do and I will tell about it”Kate Clanchy is uoted on the back of this book saying 'Olds remains too little known in the UKreaders new to her will be astounded'

  2. says:

    i keep Wanting to Love Sharon olds and then i don’t and some of her poems are 0 and some of her poems i find subtly problematic under the guise of being intimate and personal and confessional like maybe you didn’t have to publish that? I Don’t Knowat least bc this is selected works throughout her life u can see her development in these writings lol

  3. says:

    As raw self obsessed and self aware as Frida Kahlo And way ahead of her time

  4. says:

    Sharon Olds eschews formal poetic forms and writes primarily about her own life She seems to me to follow in the tradition of Robert Lowell I find her poems very powerful and readable but surprisingly unuotable I liked this greatest hits less than the magnificent Stag's Leap for which she won the Pullitzer prize and the T S Eliot Prize That book told the story of her

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    I was first introduced to the work of Sharon Olds when I heard one of her poems in the 'Into the Wild' film In fact she worked closely with Sean Penn and Carine when making it I immediately looked up the author and ordered a copy of 'The Gold Cell' from a bookstoreFast forward a few years and this book fell into my hands Again I was in love with her workI don't read a lot of poetry

  7. says:

    With simple construction and straightforward clarity her poems are beautiful in a matter of fact way They have good bones raw and real

  8. says:

    Searing honest lyrical and shocking Olds is a deserving winner of the TS Eliot prize; looking forward to reading Stag's Leap Highly recommend this selection as an introduction to her work

  9. says:

    Shockingly corporeal poetry that makes you recoil at its intimacy and yet compelling Serious stuff but not taking itself too seriously I tender The Pope's Penis as an example

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