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date: 14 June 2024

Olds, Sharonlocked

Olds, Sharonlocked

  • Janet McCann

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Sharon Olds has always been a controversial poet. The raw emotional power of her work and its sometimes intrusive physicality have many admirers and a few detractors. Accessible, highly personal (but not always autobiographical), these poems confront the reader with their frank female sensuality and their insistence that human experience is primarily of the body. Olds's poetry allows the body to speak. She articulates the physical at the extremes of human experience: birth, torture, sex, death. Her narratives come from observation, listening, reading of world events, experience. Her “body language” illuminates powerful truths.

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  • North American Literatures

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