Stag's Leap: Poems

Stag's Leap: Poems by Sharon Olds 0375712259 9780375712258
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Stags Leap is stunningly poignant sequence of poems that tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory, and new freedom.

In this wise and intimate telling--which carries us through the seasons when her marriage was ending--Sharon Olds opens her heart to the reader, sharing the feeling of invisibility that comes when we are no longer standing in loves sight; the surprising physical bond that still exists between a couple during parting; the loss of everything from her husbands smile to the set of his hip. Olds is naked before us, curious and brave and even generous toward the man who was her mate for thirty years and who now loves another woman. As she writes in the remarkable "Stags Leap," "When anyone escapes, my heart / leaps up. Even when its I who am escaped from, / I am half on the side of the leaver." Oldss propulsive poetic line and the magic of her imagery are as lively as ever, and there is a new range to the music--sometimes headlong, sometimes contemplative and deep. Her unsparing approach to both pain and love makes this one of the finest, most powerful books of poetry Olds has yet given us.

Author: Sharon Olds

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 112

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 2012-09-04

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