Blood, Tin, Straw by Sharon Olds

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Winner of the 2000 Paterson Poetry Prize

"She has written without embarrassment or apology, with remarkable passion and savagery and nerve, poems about family and family pathology, early erotic fascination, and sexual life inside marriage."
--Amy Hempel

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 her 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 our finest poets.

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About Sharon Olds

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Sharon Olds is Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Creative Writing at New York University. Her most recent book of poems is "One Secret Thing", which is currently short-listed for the Forward Poetry Prize in The U.K.
Published December 5, 2012 by Knopf. 144 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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One poem records oral fixations: ""I want to suck/ sweet, hot milk, with the salt/ silk of the human woman along/ my cheek."" Another outlines death wishes: ""I wanted to be/ fucked blind, battered half dead with it."" One at a time, these scenes can be arresting;

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