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Odes

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Odes

Sharon Olds follows her Pulitzer Prize winner, Stag's Leap, with a stunning book of odes.
Opening with a powerful and tender "Ode to the Hymen," Sharon Olds uses this age-old poetic form to address many aspects of herself, in a collection that is centered around the female body and female pleasures, and touches along the way on parts of her own story that will be familiar from earlier works, each episode and memory now burnished by the wisdom and grace of looking back. In such poems as "Ode to My Sister," "Ode of Broken Loyalty," "Ode to My Whiteness," "Blow Job Ode, " "Ode to the Last 38 Trees in New York City Visible from This Window," Olds treats us to an intimate self-examination that, like all her work, is universal and by turns searing and charming in its honesty. From the early bodily joys and sorrows of her girlhood to the recent deaths of those dearest to her — the "Sheffield Mountain Ode" for Galway Kinnell is one of the most stunning pieces here — Olds shapes her world in language that is startlingly fresh, profound in its conclusions, and life-giving for the reader.
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Sharon Olds follows her Pulitzer Prize winner, Stag's Leap, with a stunning book of odes.
Opening with a powerful and tender "Ode to the Hymen," Sharon Olds uses this age-old poetic form to address many aspects of herself, in a collection that is centered around the female body and female pleasures, and touches along the way on parts of her own story that will be familiar from earlier works, each episode and memory now burnished by the wisdom and grace of looking back. In such poems as "Ode to My Sister," "Ode of Broken Loyalty," "Ode to My Whiteness," "Blow Job Ode, " "Ode to the Last 38 Trees in New York City Visible from This Window," Olds treats us to an intimate self-examination that, like all her work, is universal and by turns searing and charming in its honesty. From the early bodily joys and sorrows of her girlhood to the recent deaths of those dearest to her — the "Sheffield Mountain Ode" for Galway Kinnell is one of the most stunning pieces here — Olds shapes her world in language that is startlingly fresh, profound in its conclusions, and life-giving for the reader.
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  • Winner of the 2016 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets

    SHARON OLDS
    was born in San Francisco and educated at Stanford University and Columbia University. The winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and England's T. S. Eliot Prize for her 2012 collection, Stag's Leap, she is the author of ten previous books of poetry and the winner of many other awards and honors, including the Wallace Stevens Award, the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award for her first book, Satan Says (1980), and the National Book Critics Circle Award for her second, The Dead and the Living, which was also the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983. The Father was short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize, and The Unswept Room was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Olds teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and helped to found the NYU outreach programs, among them the writing workshop for residents of Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, and for the veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She lives in New York City.
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  • Jarry Lee, BuzzFeed "A brazenly honest, humorous meditation on the body, sex, love, and death . . . A bold yet charming celebration of both the poetic form and the imperfection of our humanness."
  • Fred Dings, World Literature Today "Olds has many lurid imitators who miss her great project. Yes, her poems present matter-of-celebratory-fact aspects of the body sexual, but they never merely focus on parts as parts. Instead, they are connected to the whole of human experience, personal, historical, and even mythological."
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