Strike Sparks Selected Poems, 1980-2002

ISBN-10: 0375710760

ISBN-13: 9780375710766

Edition: 2004

Authors: Sharon Olds

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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.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/28/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco. She lives in New York City.

from Satan Says (1980)
Indictment of Senior Officers
The Sisters of Sexual Treasure
Infinite Bliss
The Language of the Brag
The Talk
I Could Not Tell
from The Dead and the Living (1984)
Photograph of the Girl
Race Riot, Tulsa, 1921
Of All the Dead That Have Come to Me, This Once
My Father Snoring
The Moment
The Connoisseuse of Slugs
New Mother
Sex Without Love
Rite of Passage
The Missing Boy
The One Girl at the Boys' Party
from The Gold Cell (1987)
Summer Solstice, New York City
On the Subway
The Food-Thief
The Girl
The Pope's Penis
I Go Back to May 1937
Why My Mother Made Me
After 37 Years My Mother Apologizes for My Childhood
Cambridge Elegy
I Cannot Forget the Woman in the Mirror
The Moment the Two Words Meet
Little Things
The Month of June: 13 1/2
Looking at Them Asleep
from The Father (1992)
The Glass
His Stillness
The Lifting
The Race
The Feelings
His Ashes
Beyond Harm
The Underlife
Natural History
The Ferryer
I Wanted to Be There When My Father Died
Waste Sonata
My Father Speaks to Me from the Dead
from The Wellspring (1996)
My Parents' Wedding Night, 1937
Japanese-American Farmhouse, California, 1942
Killing My Sister's Fish
Mrs. Krikorian
May 1968
Bathing the New Born
41, Alone, No Gerbil
My Son the Man
First Formal
High School Senior
The Pediatrician Retires
This Hour
Full Summer
Am and Am Not
True Love
from Blood, Tin, Straw (1999)
The Promise
Dear Heart
That Day
After Punishment Was Done with Me
What Is the Earth?
Leaving the Island
The Prepositions
Cool Breeze
For and Against Knowledge
The Spouses Waking Up in the Hotel Mirror
You Kindly
Where Will Love Go?
The Protestor
The Summer-Camp Bus Pulls Away from the Curb
The Talkers
First Thanksgiving
The Native
The Knowing
from The Unswept Room (2002)
Kindergarten Abecedarian
Bible Study: 71 B.C.E.
5[cent] a Peek
Grey Girl
Still Life in Landscape
The Wedding Vow
His Costume
First Weeks
The Clasp
Diaphragm Aria
The Window
Fish Oil
Wonder as Wander
The Shyness
April, New Hampshire
The Untangling
The Learner
Heaven to Be
The Tending
The Unswept
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