Sharon Olds writes stark, potent, cathartic poetry—brutally honest and beautiful in its stripped-down artistry. One of our most widely-read poets, Olds’s poems have appeared in over 100 anthologies. David Leavitt praised her “lyrical acuity which is both purifying and redemptive.” Writing on such subjects as family, alcoholism, sex, mothering, and the horrors of violence and war, her dazzling and harrowing voice haunts and surprises and pleases. Michael Ondaatje has called her poems “pure fire in the hands.” Recipient of many honors, Olds teaches at NYU and served as New York State Poet Laureate. She is this year’s judge for the Smith College Poetry Prize for High School Girls in Massachusetts.
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