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The gold cell : poems by Sharon Olds
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The gold cell : poems (1987)

by Sharon Olds

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I love the poetry of Sharon Olds, and recommend this collection highly. Her narrative style and unwavering voice bring her subject matters, often wrenching, a particular unique sensitivity. ( )
  Smellsbooks | Jun 7, 2009 |
Sharon Olds writes a looser, more conversational verse. In this lovely book, she discusses childhood (and relations with parents), womanhood (and relations with boyfriends), and motherhood (and relations with children). She is unafraid to let her speaker name body parts, blood, and abuses, to speak uncertain things, and those that may be unconventional. Yet, through all of the violence and the fear, the speaker remains affectionate and hopeful. I believe this is what makes it the gold cell: a seed of treasure for the future. This is a very living book.

This book is probably not appropriate for anyone unprepared for graphic descriptions in their poetry, by age, training, or nature. ( )
  chellerystick | May 9, 2008 |
The first book of Olds's that I read, and still the one that resonates with me. Olds is a bad-ass. ( )
  amyfaerie | Feb 5, 2007 |
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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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