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  • Paperback: 91 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; 1 edition (Mar. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394747704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394747705
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 0.9 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Sharon Olds was born in 1942, in San Francisco, and educated at Stanford University and Columbia University. Her first book of poems, "Satan Says" (1980), received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Her second, "The Dead and the Living," was both the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches poetry workshops in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and in the N.Y.U. workshop program at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island in New York. More recently she was awarded the Walt Whitman Citation for Merit by the New York State Writers Institute of the State University of New York. The citation officially invested her with the title of New York State Poet for 1998-2000.


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Well worth reading if you are a fan of Sharon Olds. This is a very early book and so is not as focussed and accomplished as her later works. You can see that she is trying put ideas and themes - and not always successfully. I found it interesting to see how she has evolved from this to her recent prize winning collections. I would not recommend as an introduction to Olds work though.
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I don't know what to say.. this is probably one of the best books of poetry I have ever purchased. She touchs on taboo subject and really involves the reader... All I can say is BUY THIS BOOK!!!
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Don't know Sharon? You could do a lot worse than this, her third - reprinted 6 times in 30 months! Electrifying, tender ('slip my soul from between my ribs like a tiny hotel soap')
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HASH(0x96eff9d8) out of 5 stars An Exhilarating Read, But Not For Everyone. . . 13 Oct. 2000
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Sharon Olds delves deeply into the heart of what it means to be human in her collection of poems, "The Gold Cell." I am continually amazed as to how she deals with taboo subjects, such as sex, religion, and morality, with direct and shockingly vivid language. In this particular collection of poems, Olds uses the image of blood to represent various motifs; the blood between family ties, its relation to sex and the body, and even the patriotic sense and the "Americaness" of blood. Using this single word, Olds is able to create an infinite number of images and meanings that go far beyond the common notion that blood is what supplies the body with life. This is by far one of the most influential books of poetry that I have encountered in my career. I do not recommend it to those who are squimish or who are prone to heart-failure at the mention of the word "sex" or "penis." While most of her poems are alluring and evocative, many will shock you with their unabashed treatment of sensitive subjects. For those of you who wish to divulge into the mind of what it means to be human, I whole-heartedly recommend this collection of poetry. Olds' poems not only examine what it means to be human but what it means to be moral beings. Prepare for a journey that will reveal the emotional and raw psychology of the human mind.
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HASH(0x96eff9f0) out of 5 stars Visceral, haunting imagery 17 Jun. 2000
By Hugo Schwyzer - Published on Amazon.com
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As in her other volumes of poetry, Olds is a masterful documenter of the flesh. No living American poet writes as authentically about the body as she does -- the exquisite descriptions of sexuality (First Sex is particularly good), motherhood, and aging are not easily forgotten. In my favorite, California Swimming Pool, she captures adolescence so succinctly and alluringly that my own experience of 13 came rocketing back into my consciousness with an intensity which shocked me. Of all her volumes of poetry, this is my favorite.
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HASH(0x9818e51c) out of 5 stars you need this 27 April 2002
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Emily Dickinson once said something to the extent of, that when she felt that the top of her head had been taken off, she knew that was true poetry. That's how I felt while reading The Gold Cell, and I assure you, that's a great thing. This is an incredibly powerful read and well worth your time.
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HASH(0x985d35a0) out of 5 stars Great book 8 Feb. 2010
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I became aware of the book while watching the movie "Into The Wild" and was intrigued by the passages read in the movie, so I had to get the book.
Was not dissapointed.
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HASH(0x96efff90) out of 5 stars Amazing poems by an Amazing Woman 3 April 1999
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I don't know what to say.. this is probably one of the best books of poetry I have ever purchased. She touchs on taboo subject and really involves the reader... All I can say is BUY THIS BOOK!!!
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