8 thoughts on “Poet Sharon Olds reads, April 14, 2014, Emory Libraries

  1. 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.

  2. "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!

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