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"Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco and educated at Stanford University and Columbia University. The winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and England’s T. S. Eliot Prize for her 2012 collection, Stag’s Leap, she is the author of ten previous books of poetry and the winner of many other awards and honors, including the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award for her first book, Satan Says (1980), and the National Book Critics Circle Award for her second, The Dead and the Living, which was also the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983. The Father was short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize, 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 outreach programs, among them the writing workshop for residents of Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, and for the veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She lives in New York City."
Source: “Sharon Olds.” Sharon Olds, Penguin Random House, 2018, www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/22732/sharon-olds.
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Publication Date: 2016
"Following the Pulitzer prize-winning collection Stag's Leap, Sharon Olds gives us a stunning book of odes. Opening with the powerful and tender "Ode to the Hymen," Olds addresses and embodies, in this age-old poetic form, many aspects of love and gender and sexual politics in a collection that is centered on the body and its structures and pleasures. The poems extend parts of her narrative as a daughter, mother, wife, lover, friend, and poet of conscience that will be familiar from earlier collections, each episode and memory burnished by the wisdom and grace and humor of looking back"
Stag's Leap by
Publication Date: 2012
"In this wise and intimate telling--which carries us through the seasons when her marriage was ending--Sharon 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..."
One Secret Thing by
Publication Date: 2008
"In One Secret Thing, Sharon Olds completes her cycle of family poems. The book opens with a poem in twelve parts, which focuses on fearsome images of war. This vision of strife between nations is followed by indelible new poems of conflict within a family. Here are poems of home in which anger, joy, danger, and desire sing together with lyric energy - sometimes comic, sometimes with unblinking forgiveness."
Strike Sparks by
Publication Date: 2004
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."
The Unswept Room by
Publication Date: 2002
"Looking at the interrelationships among family members, this collection of poetry examines the traumas of childhood, the estrangement between mother and daughter, and the transformative power of marital love and motherhood. "
The Father by
Publication Date: 1992
"The ebullient language, the startling, far-reaching images, the sense of extraordinary connectedness seize us immediately. Sharon Olds transforms a harsh reality with truthfulness, with beauty, with humor--and without bitterness."
The Gold Cell by
Publication Date: 1987
"Sharon Olds writes of giving birth to her daughter, of her son's leaving for summer camp, of a vision of her parents, and of a man attempting to jump from a New York rooftop. "
Satan Says by
Publication Date: 1980
"Poems examine life as a child, a woman, and a mother; death; and our relationship to the world. This book, Olds's first, was published when she was 37, and it launched her Pulitzer-winning career."
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