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A powerful collection from one of our most gifted and widely read poets-117 of her finest poems drawn from her seven published volumes.
Michael Ondaatje has called Sharon Olds's poetry -pure fire in the hands- and cheered the -roughness and humor and brag and tenderness and completion in her work as she carries the reader through rooms of passion and loss.- This rich selection exhibits those qualities in poem after poem, reflecting, moreover, an exciting experimentation with rhythm and language and a movement toward an embrace beyond the personal. Subjects are revisited-the pain of childhood, adolescent sexual stirrings, the fulfillment of marriage, the wonder of children-but each recasting penetrates ever more deeply, enriched by new perceptions and conceits. Strike Sparks
is a testament to this remarkable poet's continuing and amazing growth.
From the Hardcover edition.