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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (6 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224076884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224076883
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Her best work exhibits a lyrical acuity which is both purifying and redemptive. She sees description as a means to catharsis, and the end result is impossible to forget... Her poetry is remarkable for its candour, its eroticism, and its power to move" (David Leavitt)

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

"If any reading is 'essential', this is it" (Carol Rumens)

"Sharon Olds explores her own experience with an intransigent honesty and fiery dignity. The reader might flinch at the intimacy, but Olds strikes straight out for the truth" (Rachel Campbell-Johnston The Times)

"The attention to line, the superbly focused detail, the way her autobiographical detail strikes, shines, deepens, spreads: this, surely is the sound the confessional hordes have been trying to utter since Lowell, the right road that is missed so easily" (Glyn Maxwell)

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The new Selected Poems from the bestselling winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Paul on 6 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
I was prompted to write a short review by the ridiculous one star rating it has so far received on Amazon. I have had this book for years, along with several of Sharon Olds collections of work. Amongst many other prizes, she has picked up the TS Elliot award here in the UK. The work is wide ranging, very intense, very personal and for some might be too confessional and close to home to be comfortable with. The subject matter, the concerns of a woman writer, often overlooked in Western literature, does not detract from the sheer quality of the writing. These are crafted, technically brilliant pieces of writing that connect with readers because of the universal themes of relationships and family she so fearlessly takes on. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red Robie on 4 Sept. 2014
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This is amazing poetry. It is unusual because the author holds nothing back from her life experiences and documents some very raw times in her life ... but she does it very well. She also documents her sexuality and uses a few four letter words, although I do not think they are there to shock or merely to shock and nothing else. Consider carefully whether you are ok with the material and words.
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This was invaluable for a Poetry Group Session so I was very pleased with speed of delivery and condition of copy.
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