Strike Sparks: Selected Poems, 1980-2002

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Knopf #ad - A powerful collection from one of our most gifted and widely read poets–117 of her finest poems drawn from her seven published volumes. Michael ondaatje has called sharon olds’s poetry “pure fire in the hands” and cheered the “roughness and humor and brag and tenderness and completion in her work as she carries the reader through rooms of passion and loss.

This rich selection exhibits those qualities in poem after poem, moreover, reflecting, 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 wonder of children–but each recasting penetrates ever more deeply, the fulfillment of marriage, enriched by new perceptions and conceits.

Strike Sparks: Selected Poems, 1980-2002 #ad - Strike sparks is a testament to this remarkable poet’s continuing and amazing growth.

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Stag's Leap: Poems

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Knopf #ad - 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 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.

Stag's Leap: Poems #ad - . Her unsparing approach to both pain and love makes this one of the finest, most powerful books of poetry she has yet given us. In this wise and intimate new book, Sharon Olds tells the story of a divorce, sorrow, sex, memory, embracing strands of love, and new freedom. 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.

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Odes

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Knopf #ad - The poems extend parts of her narrative as a daughter, wife, mother, and poet of conscience that will be familiar from earlier collections, friend, lover, each episode and memory burnished by the wisdom and grace and humor of looking back. From the bodily joys and sorrows of childhood to the deaths of those dearest to us, Olds shapes the world in language that is startlingly fresh, profound in its conclusions, and life-giving for the reader.

Opening with the powerful and tender “ode to the hymen, in this age-old poetic form, ” Olds addresses and embodies, many aspects of love and gender and sexual politics in a collection that is centered on the body and its structures and pleasures. In such poems as “ode to my sister, ” “ode of broken loyalty, is universal, ” and “ode to the last thirty-eight trees in New York City Visible from This Window, ” Olds treats us to an intimate examination that, like all her work, ” “Ode to My Whiteness, ” “Blow Job Ode, by turns searing and charming in its honesty.

Odes #ad - Following the pulitzer prize-winning collection Stag’s Leap, Sharon Olds gives us a stunning book of odes.

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The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems #ad - With the apple trees at olema, the former poet Laureate and winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize offers twenty new and selected poems grounded in the beauty of the physical world. As with all of the collections of this great artist’s work, published far too infrequently, The Apple Trees at Olema is a cause for celebration.

No practicing poet has more talent than Robert Hass. Atlantic monthly the national book Award-winning author of Time and Materials, Robert Hass is one of the most revered of all living poets.

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The Dead and the Living

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Knopf #ad - The 1983 lamont poetry selection of the Academy of American Poets.

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Arias

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Knopf #ad - I cannot say i did not ask / to be born, with what actions, we each ask for a turn, with what thirst, " begins one aria, which considers how, and receive our portion on earth. Each aria is shaped by its unique harmonics and moral logic, as Olds stands center stage to sing of sexual pleasure and chance wisdom, and faces the tragic life of our nation and our planet.

Olds delivers these pieces with all the passion, and solo force that make a great performance, anguish, in the process enlarging the soul of her reader. Following her recent odes, the pulitzer Prize-winning poet gives us radical new poems of intimate life and political conscience, of race and class and a mother's violence.

Arias #ad - The atom bomb, her mother's return from the dead: the peerless Sharon Olds once again takes up subject matter that is both difficult and ordinary, the cervix, Rasputin, Breaking Bad, elusive and everywhere.

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Forest Primeval: Poems Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

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Triquarterly #ad - The reader who joins her will emerge sensitized and changed by the enduring power of her work.  . The wild here is not chaotic but rather free and finely attuned to its surroundings. Winner, 2015 pen open book award for an exceptional book by an author of color"another anti-pastoral, " the opening poem of Forest Primeval, 2017 Kingsley Tufts Poetry AwardWinner, 2016 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in the Poetry categoryFinalist, 2015 Balcones Poetry PrizeShortlist finalist, confesses that sometimes "words fail.

Forest Primeval: Poems Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award #ad - With a "bleat in her throat, " the poet identifies with the voiceless and wild things in the composed, imposed peace of the Romantic poets with whom she is in dialogue. Vievee francis’s poems engage many of the same concerns as her poetic predecessors—faith in a secular age, aging, the city and nature, and beauty.

Words certainly do not fail as Francis sets off into the wild world promised in the title.

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Gold Cell Knopf Poetry Series Book 25

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Knopf #ad - 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.

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The Father: A Daughter Chronicles the Events of Her Father's Illness and Death in a Sequence of Poems

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Knopf #ad - It chronicles these events in a connected narrative, from the onset of the illness to reflections in the years after the death. The ebullient language, the startling images, the sense of connectedness seize us immediately. In the end, we discover we have been reading not a grim accounting but an inspiriting tragedy, transcending the personal.

The father is a sequence of poems, a daughter's vision of a father's illness and death. Sharon olds transforms a harsh reality with truthfulness, with beauty, with humor—and without bitterness. But there is joy as well. The deep pain in the Father arises from a death, and from understanding a life. The poems are impelled by a passion to know and a freedom to follow wherever the truth may lead, and it goes into areas of feeling and experience rarely entered in poetry.

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The Wellspring: Poems

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Knopf #ad - The poems take us back to the womb, to the wonder and humor of parenthood--and, and from there on to childhood, to the shock of childbirth, finally, to a searing sexual awakening, to the depths of adult love. Always bold, honest, musical, these poems plunge us into the essence of experience. This is a highly charged, beautifully organized collection from one of the finest poets writing today.

Sharon olds's dazzling new collection is a sequence of poems that reaches into the very wellspring of life.

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One Secret Thing

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Knopf #ad - These songs of joy and danger—public and private—illuminate one another. One secret thing is charged throughout with Sharon Olds’s characteristic passion, imagination, and poetic power. The doctor on the phone was young, maybe on hisfirst rotation in the emergency room. On the ancient boarding-school radio, the announcer had given myboyfriend’s name as one of twobrought to the hospital after the sunriseservice, in the attic hall, the crash—one of themcritical, the egg-hunt, one of them dead.

As the book unfolds, the portrait of the mother goes through a moving revisioning, leading us to a final series of elegies of hard-won mourning. I was looking at thestairwell banisters, the necks and knobs like joints and bones, at their lathing, and the young, somehow, up ontomy back, and now the world wasan ant’s world: the huge crumb of eachsecond thrown, the varnish here thicker here thinner—I had saidWhich one of them died, tired voicesaid my fresh love’s name.

One Secret Thing #ad - From “easter 1960”. Sharon olds completes her cycle of family poems in a book at once intense and harmonic, playful with language, and rich with a new self-awareness and sense of irony. The opening poem, and compassion sing together with lyric energy—sometimes comic, anger, with its sequence of fearsome images of war, serves as a prelude to poems of home in which humor, sometimes filled with a kind of unblinking forgiveness.

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