I have never had children and so much that others may find endearing left me rather bored.
I am a fan of Sharon Olds, but not of this particular work. The sex is always interesting. The father imagery is somewhat different from "The Father".
But the childhood stuff seems stale and t I was not engaged with this volume. But the childhood stuff seems stale and too mundane. Feb 16, Laura rated it really liked it. Old's poems retroactively locate the nucleus of being and consciousness from infancy, through childhood, youth, sexual awakening, motherhood, middle and late middle age. I found all of her poems about her son especially moving. She brings you in to this immediate sensual world with a single line of imagery that makes me feel as if I have just been granted a close up of something profoundly beautiful and disturbing.
The narrative element of her poems means I can read an 80 odd poem collection in a few hours, I am reading 'The Unswept Room, next so I'm hoping to stumble on more exploration, the childhood silence that she hints at in The Lisp, 'They would ask me to speak' last four words in italics. She has a thing for italics in her end lines for a few poems, but it never comes across as forced feeling.
Her poem endings surprise me and are one of the joys of reading her work. Nov 21, Patty rated it liked it Shelves: I was sure I wrote a review for this before I returned it to the library. I like having a book nearby to refer to when I write my review. This is especially true for poetry, since I like to list the poems that were most important to me. I guess I will have to get the book out again. I have encountered Olds' life in reverse.
Earlier, I read her book, Stag's Leap about the end of her marriage. This collection is about the beginnings of her life, including her marriage. Her marriage in the later poe I was sure I wrote a review for this before I returned it to the library. Her marriage in the later poems is a loving relationship. I liked the way these poems flowed. There were three sections about Olds' life and each poem connected well with the next.
If you like poetry, you should make sure you read some of Sharon Olds. Jan 22, Haley rated it really liked it Shelves: This was my first full collection I've read of hers and I loved it. It's split into four parts and unfortunately the biggest section, part 3, about her raising her children was a bit lost on me. It was written as eloquent as all of her other poems but I was more interested in the bits on love and adolescence than I was on motherhood I wonder why that was hehe. So overall I loved the first two sections better than the latter but it was beautiful and sweeping and lovely regardless.
SO is impressive in her intelligence and her articulation. This work, personal as many of her poems are, centers closely around family -- parents, husband, children -- and avoids sentimentality despite her clear tenderness by bringing us closely in, with an almost embarrassing sharpness of taboo? Naturalistic in its embracing love. This woman has heart and eye as well as brain. Feb 26, Yvonne rated it really liked it. Stellar poetry following the stages of a woman's presumably Sharon Olds'! I don't read poetry on a regular basis but really enjoy all of these as they touch on our common journey through childhood, young adulthood and motherhood.
And I love the way she puts the words together, so lyrical and intimate. I keep meaning to return this book to the library but have not yet been able to bring myself to do it Mar 28, Lisa Feld rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love Sharon Olds's gorgeous language and confessional style, and I'm always riveted by family dynamics.
This collection traces Olds's life from her conception through adolescence, the arc of her children's lives, and into her middle age, and it contains two of my favorite poems of hers: Oct 31, Michael Mingo rated it really liked it. I'd prefer more or any formal variations, but Olds has a way of presenting quotidian experiences in heightened language.
She is especially effective when in the persona of a parent watching her children grow up e. Jul 22, Helen rated it it was amazing. I love the way Olds incorporates the human body into her poetry. She doesn't shy away from anatomical detail, even when discussing sex between more mature adults. A very honest look at motherhood as well as female sexuality. Oct 21, Amy Kitchell-Leighty rated it liked it Shelves: But compared to her other books this one just doesn't hold a candle Maybe next time Sharon!
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Some very good stuff here. Jun 24, Rose rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 30, Pete Planisek rated it it was amazing. Again a voice I like to revisit. Aug 11, Punkingate rated it it was amazing Shelves: Can I give more than five stars?
May 01, Sonya Sones rated it it was amazing. Jul 02, katie marked it as to-read Shelves: Apr 27, Mary rated it liked it Shelves: Pretty poems mostly about her husband's scrotum. Aug 14, Puja rated it it was ok Shelves: Apr 20, powei rated it really liked it. Jun 14, Gordon rated it liked it.
Olds is consistent to a fault, but either she or I is running out of steam for sex, family, and flesh. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Her other collections include Strike Sparks: Feminism and Women's Writing Lynne Pearce.
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The Wellspring by Sharon Olds. Over the last five years, Sharon Olds' poetry has become widely read and celebrated in. Series: Cape Poetry; Paperback: 84 pages; Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (); Language: English; ISBN X; ISBN ; Product .
Review Text "This, surely, is the sound the confessional hordes have been trying to utter since Lowell, the right road that is missed so easily" show more. Review quote "Sentences roll on with breathless urgency, and the emotional pace of these unstoppered utterances is remarkably effective