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Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds
  

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Winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry 2012.

Tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory, and new freedom.

Carol Ann Duffy, Chair of the judges, said:

'My fellow judges Michael Longley, David Morley and I were proud of the freshness, skill and authority exhibited in this year’s shortlist. From over 130 collections, we were particularly impressed by the strong presence of women on the list and were unanimous in awarding the 2012 T S Eliot Prize to Sharon Olds’ Stag’s Leap, a tremendous book of grace and gallantry which crowns the career of a world-class poet.'

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Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds

Winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry 2012.

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 love's sight; the surprising physical passion that still exists between a couple during parting; the loss of everything from her husband's 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 now loves another woman. As she writes in the remarkable title poem, 'When anyone escapes, my heart / leaps up. Even when it's I who am escaped from, / I am half on the side of the leaver'. Olds' 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.


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Sharon Olds, the winner of the 2012 TS Eliot Prize for Stag's Leap, is the first female American Poet to win the prize, and perhaps the most accessible poet of her generation. -- Tom Payn * Telegraph * Olds, who has always had a gift for describing intimacy, has, in a sense, had these poems thrown at her by life and allowed them to take root: they are stunning - the best of a formidable career. -- Kate Kellaway * Observer * [A] brilliant and fearless poet. -- Joyce Carol Oates A tremendous book of grace and gallantry which crowns the career of a world-class poet. -- Carol Ann Duffy * Huffington Post * Taut and beautiful poems. -- Edna O'Brien * Guardian *


About the Author

Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco, and educated at Stanford and Columbia universities. Her first book, Satan Says (1980), received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Her second, The Dead and the Living, was both the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Father was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize in England, and The Unswept Room was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Olds teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and is one of the founders of NYU's writing workshops for residents of Goldwater Hospital, and for veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Publication date

1st October 2012

Author

Sharon Olds

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Publisher

Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
96 pages

Categories

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ISBN

9780224096942

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