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A new collection by the much praised poet whose second book THE DEAD AND THE LIVING, was both the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.
About the Author
Sharon Olds was born in 1942, in San Francisco, and educated at Stanford University and Columbia University. Her first book of poems, Satan Says (1980), received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Her second, The Dead and the Living, was both the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches poetry workshops in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and in the N.Y.U. workshop program at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island in New York. More recently she was awarded the Walt Whitman Citation for Merit by the New York State Writers Institute of the State University of New York. The citation officially invested her with the title of New York State Poet for 1998-2000.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sharon Olds writes a looser, more conversational verse. In this lovely book, she discusses childhood (and relations with parents), womanhood (and relations with boyfriends), and motherhood (and relations with children). She is unafraid to let her speaker name body parts, blood, and abuses, to speak uncertain things, and those that may be unconventional. Yet, through all of the violence and the fear, the speaker remains affectionate and hopeful. I believe this is what makes it the gold cell: a seed of treasure for the future. This is a very living book.This book is probably not appropriate for anyone unprepared for graphic descriptions in their poetry, by age, training, or nature.
The first book of Olds's that I read, and still the one that resonates with me. Olds is a bad-ass.
Wow. Confessional poetry, whether hers or not, at it's best.