Imatge de l'autor

Sharon Olds

Autor/a de The Dead and the Living

38+ obres 3,398 Membres 37 Ressenyes 21 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco. She lives in New York City.

Inclou el nom: Sharon Olds

Crèdit de la imatge: Catherine Mauger

Obres de Sharon Olds

The Dead and the Living (1984) 534 exemplars
The gold cell : poems (1987) 527 exemplars
Satan Says (1980) 363 exemplars
Stag's Leap: Poems (2012) 340 exemplars
The Wellspring: Poems (1996) 266 exemplars
The Father (1992) 254 exemplars
Blood, Tin, Straw (1999) 253 exemplars
The Unswept Room (2002) 209 exemplars
One Secret Thing (2008) 120 exemplars
Odes (2016) 111 exemplars
Arias (2019) 65 exemplars
Balladz (2022) 49 exemplars
Selected Poems (2005) 23 exemplars
La Materia De Este Mundo (2014) 2 exemplars
La Habitacion Sin Barrer (2014) 2 exemplars
Odas (1900) 2 exemplars
El padre (2004) 2 exemplars
Blood, Tin, Straw 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Col·laborador — 1,263 exemplars
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions919 exemplars
A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry (1996) — Col·laborador — 832 exemplars
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (2003) — Col·laborador — 770 exemplars
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (1990) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions752 exemplars
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Col·laborador — 391 exemplars
Cries of the Spirit: A Celebration of Women's Spirituality (2000) — Col·laborador — 372 exemplars
180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (2005) — Col·laborador — 365 exemplars
The Armless Maiden: And Other Tales for Childhood's Survivors (1995) — Col·laborador — 248 exemplars
The Best American Poetry 2001 (2001) — Col·laborador — 223 exemplars
The Best American Poetry 1999 (1999) — Col·laborador — 208 exemplars
The Art of Losing (2010) — Col·laborador — 199 exemplars
The Best American Poetry 2002 (2002) — Col·laborador — 182 exemplars
The Best American Poetry 1994 (1994) — Col·laborador — 172 exemplars
The Best American Poetry 2009 (2009) — Col·laborador — 133 exemplars
Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality (1984) — Col·laborador — 129 exemplars
The Best American Poetry 2010 (2010) — Col·laborador — 121 exemplars
Deep Down: The New Sensual Writing by Women (1988) — Col·laborador — 116 exemplars
Poems from the Women's Movement (2009) — Col·laborador — 108 exemplars
Emergency Kit (1996) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions108 exemplars
A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer (2007) — Col·laborador — 105 exemplars
The Best American Poetry 2017 (2017) — Col·laborador — 95 exemplars
The Best American Poetry 2014 (2014) — Col·laborador — 80 exemplars
The Best American Poetry 2018 (2018) — Col·laborador — 78 exemplars
Choice Words: Writers on Abortion (2020) — Col·laborador — 74 exemplars
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Col·laborador — 63 exemplars
The Grim Reader: Writings on Death, Dying, and Living On (1997) — Col·laborador — 61 exemplars
The Best American Poetry 2019 (2019) — Col·laborador — 57 exemplars
The Seasons of Women: An Anthology (1995) — Col·laborador — 46 exemplars
The Best American Poetry 2022 (The Best American Poetry series) (2022) — Col·laborador — 43 exemplars
The Best American Poetry 2020 (2020) — Col·laborador — 42 exemplars
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Col·laborador — 32 exemplars
60 Years of American Poetry (1996) — Col·laborador — 28 exemplars
The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review (2008) — Col·laborador — 27 exemplars
The Poetry Cure (2005) — Col·laborador — 19 exemplars
The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (2017) — Col·laborador — 17 exemplars
Modern Women Poets (2005) — Col·laborador — 13 exemplars
Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks (2017) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
Poetry Magazine Vol. 207 No. 5, February 2016 (2016) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
The Paris Review 96 1985 Summer (1985) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Sinister Wisdom 5 (1978) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Celebrating The Twentieth Anniversary of The T S Eliot Prize (2013) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


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While the book may have been longlisted for the National Book Award, this is not a book I would recommend. She writes a lot about COVID-19 and the quarantine, the George Floyd situation, and problems in her upbringing. The Amherst ballads section is written in an unusual form (which is probably why it was longlisted for the award). My biggest problem with the book is in crude verbiage. As my mom would say, "She needs to wash her mouth out with soap." Ms. Olds will go on my "Do not read" list.
thornton37814 | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Feb 27, 2024 |
Honest and accessible. I enjoyed the focus on the 'ordinary' and the introspection. It's still not my favorite style and characteristically I most enjoyed a few lines that tie the 'political' to the very personal.
Kiramke | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Jun 27, 2023 |
Don't know what to say/think about this one; maybe it represents my struggle to figure out how to weigh/understand poetic craft vs. content. There's no right answer, of course—but this is one of those instances where I don't feel like I can say much that's just in the way of legitimate criticism—only that a good portion of the collection didn't sit well with me. (And here I am, feeling like I'm heading off the topic-cliff of taste and its whims.)
KatrinkaV | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Dec 31, 2022 |
Longlisted for the National Book Award, Balladz by Sharon Olds was my introduction to the poet. Social media friends told me that Olds was a favorite poet. Although I read contemporary poetry in my younger years, I became out of touch after decades of living in rather isolated communities. I am thrilled to be able to discover all that I have been missing.

Olds style, so direct and filled with visceral images, can be jarring. The first section of the book are quarantine poems. Secluded in a rural cabin, Olds battles with loneliness–and mice, setting traps, dealing with the blood bath afterwards. She writes a poem to the centipede that she also kills, noting, “Of course I am a killer. I am/human.” And in the next poem she asks, “Is it impossible/for me to be good. Is it possible for us/ to try harder to kill this planet/slower. Would I kill this animal again/it it did its undulation above me/alone the wall. Is this the best that I can/do this morning to work against the killing/done in my name all over the earth.”

She writes angrily about the death of George Floyd. And in Anatomy Lesson for the Officer, of the human connection we share: “And that is a human throat you are kneeling/on. That is our throat, our brother’s,/our son’s, maybe our father’s throat. /That is your mother’s, your father’s, your son’s,/your daughter’s throat. That is your daughter’s throat.”

Amherst Ballads are in the style of Emily Dickinson, and I will need to take my time with them.

The Balladz section includes Best Friend Ballad, in which she remembers “the power of her house, and of the approach to it,” then recalls the girl’s death, praying “for a sleep tonight in which, 9 and 9, we can hold each other in a green dream.” I was transported back to when I was 9 years old, walking to my best friend’s 1900s farm house down the road, filled with grief knowing that she had died decades ago of disease.

And in Ballad Torn Apart, Olds vividly describes the car accident that killed a friend. In Album from a Previous Existence, she writes about her mother and childhood, and it is this harsh mother, who she talks about in earlier poems as tying her in a chair and beating her that is so hard to encounter, my own mother who, for all her flaws, was so giving, her love was like a tether that could not break with death.

Olds writes about her body, her self-image, the self-acceptance of growing old. “Now I’m better at talking to people without/thinking my face makes them want to throw up,”

I have not read all the poems. Poems on the death of her father and husband. There are some poems I need to go back to; I rushed through them, disturbed or confused. But then, is there any end to studying a poem, none the less nearly two hundred pages of poetry? It takes a life time. At least.

I received a free book from A. A. Knopf. My review is fair and unbiased.
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nancyadair | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Sep 28, 2022 |



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