Online Literature & Writing
How did no one here comment on the douche bag poem? It was practically the 11 o'clock number.
"I go back to May 1936" at around 52:49, Sharon reads this poem.
Wish I still had my signed first edition of 'Satan Says'…
Her voice is so soft, my eyes are watering itself.
Singsongy, brilliant, folksy, accessible — I enjoyed this reading, especially getting a sense of Olds as a survivor (refugee?) of an abusive "Christian" fundamentalist background. Neruda must be thanked (again and again) for his odes and their influences upon this poet's work — poems that are among her most powerful because they inhere and extol with such delicate felicity as epistles. This is a storyteller whose poems, particularly in Stag's Leap, are episodic and often contain stanzas that the poet has opted not to delineate visually on the pages of her texts. We also hear in her reading how Olds has subtly stitched together prose constructions presented in linear notation juxtaposed with more lyrical, beat-driven passages, so we move back and forth between stretches of compressed diction and the more relaxed valleys of the commonplace. She is a master of these transitions.
I really like Sharon Olds's poetry. I like her poetry because it's so feminine and interesting!
"I turned sideways and slipped through the needle's eye and then I walked down the aisle toward my father, the jet was full and people's hair was shinning,they were smiling, the interior of the plane was filled with a mist of gold endorphin light, I wept as people weep when they enter heaven in massive relief…."
Simply Beautiful! Thank You!
Thank you for the video. Sharon Olds is an amazing teacher/poet, from whom I can learn a lot.
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