Stag's Leap

Stag's Leap

by Sharon Olds
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Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds

In this wise and intimate new book, Sharon Olds tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory, and new freedom.

As she carries us through the seasons when her marriage was ending, Olds opens her heart to the reader, sharing the feeling of invisibility that comes when we are no longer standing in love’s sight; the surprising physical bond that still exists between a couple during parting; the loss of everything from her husband’s smile to the set of his hip; the radical change in her sense of place in the world. Olds is naked before us, curious and brave and even generous toward the man who was her mate for thirty years and who now loves another woman. As she writes in the remarkable “Stag’s Leap,” “When anyone escapes, my heart / leaps up.  Even when it’s I who am escaped from, / I am half on the side of the leaver.” Olds’s propulsive poetic line and the magic of her imagery are as lively as ever, and there is a new range to the music—sometimes headlong, sometimes contemplative and deep. Her unsparing approach to both pain and love makes this one of the finest, most powerful books of poetry she has yet given us.

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ISBN-13: 9780307959904
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco and educated at Stanford University and Columbia University. Her first book, 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. The Father was short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize in England, and The Unswept Room was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Olds teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and helped to found the NYU workshop program for residents of Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, and for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. She lives in New Hampshire and in New York City.

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Stag's Leap: Poems 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous 19 days ago
F__K YOU! ___HOLE!
dwayneandpeggy More than 1 year ago
Master of confession
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1that was really wierd 2 she has emotions, ok!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Xav alive
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why did you change? You know bery well that Fang is one of my closest friends. And you just sit there and laugh? What happened to you? *he shakes his head and leaves*