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Posted April 10, 2006
THE UNSWEPT ROOM by Sharon Olds
This is not poetry! It is the rantings of a woman obsessed with herself and her anguish. I don't care. Her verse is sexuallly explicit and offensive, in particular the poem titled 'Sunday Night' in which she recounts the improper, what could even be considered criminal behavior of her father towards the waitresses at the restaurants her family would frequent. What is worse, when this poem was written and published, her father was deceased, and unable to answer to these statements. I wonder if these behaviors actually took place, and, if not, why would the poet sully the name of her dead father? Also, what impact did this poem have on her mother? Perhaps Ms. Olds can write a poem to address these issues. I cannot recommend this dreadful 'poetry' to anyone. Sincerely, Catherine RossWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.