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Blood, Tin, Straw (Cape poetry) [Paperback]

Sharon Olds
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27 July 2000 Cape poetry

Sharon Olds divides this new book into five sections - 'Blood', 'Tin', ' 'Straw', ' 'Fire' and 'Light' - each made up of fourteen poems whose dominant imagery is drawn from one of these elements. The poems are rooted in different moments of an ordinary life and weave back and forth in time. Each section suggests the progression of the making of a soul cleansed by blood, forged by fire, suffused by light.

Unafraid to confront the ecstatic or the brutal side of a woman's experience, Sharon Olds transforms the subjects with an alchemist's art, using language that is alternately casual and startling, fierce and transcendent. This is an intensely moving collection by one of America's finest poets.


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (27 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224060899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224060899
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 630,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Her sixth book [Blood, Tin, Straw] is without doubt her strongest... Olds' trademark has long been her astonishing candour... and this quality is firmly in place here, but she has added to it a new strength and lyricism of metaphor and image. The shock she delivers is that of true poetry" (Library Journal)

"Olds has always been a daring poet of the flesh, but now in Blood, Tin, Straw, a major work, she embraces the entire universe... Olds writes more forthrightly about female sexuality - the hunger, blood, tensility and heat of it - than any of her sister poets. This collection is poetry as memoir, mined from the very core of her being" (Booklist)

"Olds remains too little-known in the UK... readers new to her will be astounded" (Independent)

"Sharon Olds' poems are pure fire in the hands... I love the toughness and humour and brag and tenderness and completion in her work as she carries the reader through rooms of passion and loss" (Michael Ondaatje)

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The new collection from the major prize-winning poet.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Olds fails to crest wave 11 April 2001
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Olds' work seemed to come to some sort of climax with the cathartic, and compelling, The Father. Since then, Olds has published The Wellspring and, now, Blood, Tin, Straw; both cannot avoid retreading old ground, ground which Olds seemed to have firmly left behind in The Father. The book does, of course, have its moments of genius, My Father's Diary: "TENNIS WITH LOIS / LOIS / OH MY GOD, LOIS / WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE SUCH A GRIL?"
I paraphrase.
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