Commenting on Sharon Olds' debut, Linda Pastan wrote that Olds was "clearly a poet to be reckoned with." No kidding. Olds has gone on to create an impressively bold body of work. Notice here "The Language of the Brag," in which Olds describes the heroic deed of childbirth: "I have done what you wanted to do Walt Whitman/ . . . this glistening verb,/and I am putting my proud American boast/ right here with the others." Amen.
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This selection of poetry reflects an exciting experimentation with rhythm and language and a movement towards an embrace beyond the personal, revisiting subjects such as the pain of childhood, adolescent sexual stirrings, the fulfilment of marriage and the wonder of children.… (more)