"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)
The new collection from the major prize-winning poet.