Selected Poems



➳ [Reading] ➶ Selected Poems By Sharon Olds ➩ – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 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 qualities 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.Selected Poems

Born in San Francisco on November , , Sharon Olds earned a BA at Stanford University and a PhD at Columbia UniversityHer first collection of poems, Satan Says , received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award Olds s following collection, The Dead the Living , received the Lamont Poetry Selection in and the National Book Critics Circle AwardHer other collections include Strike Sparks Selected Poems , Knopf , The Unswept Room , Blood, Tin, Straw , The Gold Cell , The Wellspring , and The Father , which was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle AwardAbout Olds s poetry, one reviewer for the New York Times said, Her work has a robust sensuality, a delight in the physical that is almost Whitmanesque She has made the minutiae of a woman s everyday life as valid a subject for poetry as the grand abstract themes that have preoccupied other poets Olds s numerous honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Ploughshares, and has been anthologized inthan a hundred collectionsOlds held the position of New York State Poet from to She currently teaches poetry workshops at New York University s Graduate Creative Writing Program as well as a workshop at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island in New York She was elected an Academy Chancellor in She lives in New York City.

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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 quoted on the back of this book saying,Olds remains too little known in the UKreaders new to her will be astoundedWell, this UK citizen couldn t agreeFromIndictment Of Senior OfficersI was instantly dazzled and in awe of Olds hold on words Ex 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 quoted on the back of this book saying,Olds remains too little known in the UKreaders new to her will be astoundedWell, this UK citizen couldn t agreeFromIndictment Of Senior OfficersI was instantly dazzled and in awe of Olds hold on words Exquisitely perfected, each word sizzles and sparks with delight akin to that of my initial feeling discovering this truly gifted poet It s clear how much Olds personal experiences have made a lasting impact on her poems, especially the death of her Father, which make her pieces all thehaunting Each line is woven with passion and fire as well as a delicacy that I m fueled to write page after page trying to achieve Her poems are lovely, like fine ribbons little stories she can choose to make either delightful and pleasant, or brutal and unforgiving, but always undoubtedly moving and memorable Her choice of words in each are carefully selected so that each line reverberates page after page Sensational An incredibly underrated poet Anyone who feels slightly uninspired should go read this lady now I wonder now only when it will happen,when the young mother will hear the noise like somebody s pressure cooker down the block, going off She ll go out on the yard,holding her small daughter in her arms,and there, above the end of the street, in the air above the line of the tress,she will see it rising, lifting upover the horizon, the upper rim of thegold ball, large as a giantplanet starting to lift up over ours.She will stand there in the yard holding her daughter,looking at it rise and grow and blossom and rise,and the child will open her arms to it,it will look so beautiful Read for poetry book club June 2013

  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 Know.at least bc this is selected works throughout her life u can see her development in these writings lol i can recognise how good she is just a lot of them don t Tie me so Emotiknally and Closely like i want poetry To Do also a lot of sexua 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 Know.at least bc this is selected works throughout her life u can see her development in these writings lol i can recognise how good she is just a lot of them don t Tie me so Emotiknally and Closely like i want poetry To Do also a lot of sexually explicit stuff about how Men Are Incredible And The Best and I am a Woman and I am My Mother he is My Father How he Sweats He is My God His Penis and my Dad and also his Penis i found kinda odd to Read and Perhaps i m not used to reading stuff like it I feel i will like herin 20 years cause of all the mother poetry also which for a lot of, i just switch off at haha b c unrealtion

  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 unquotable 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 divorce, and I find her most powerful when she tells a story in a sequence of poems I m now reading The Dead and the L 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 unquotable 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 divorce, and I find her most powerful when she tells a story in a sequence of poems I m now reading The Dead and the Living, which hascoherence than the selected poems

  5. says:

    3.5

  6. says:

    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 bookstore.Fast forward a few years and this book fell into my hands Again, I was in love with her work.I don t read a lot of poetry, never have done And a friend recently asked what this poet, Sharon Olds, wrote about I didn t really kno 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 bookstore.Fast forward a few years and this book fell into my hands Again, I was in love with her work.I don t read a lot of poetry, never have done And a friend recently asked what this poet, Sharon Olds, wrote about I didn t really know how to respond I went for the word life Sharon has the ability to put you right in her shoes You picture her, sat there, writing down the words for the first time You see her mind racing, you see her getting her thoughts down on paper, as pure as the reality, capturing that moment and letting it live forever in one of her books You are tossed about You live and breath her work You sigh and you cry You feel And for me, a person that doesn t read much poetry, that is what poetry should be about That is art And that is Sharon Olds.This collection is a great introduction to her work, but I feel one would benefitby ordering one of her singular collections Have a look at The Gold Cell or The Father as they were my favourite poems in this book

  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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