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Strike Sparks : Selected Poems, 1980-2002 - Sharon Olds

Strike Sparks

Selected Poems, 1980-2002

Paperback Published: 28th September 2004
ISBN: 9780375710766
Number Of Pages: 181

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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."

from Satan Says (1980)
Indictment of Senior Officersp. 3
The Sisters of Sexual Treasurep. 4
Stationp. 5
Monarchsp. 6
Infinite Blissp. 7
The Language of the Bragp. 8
The Talkp. 10
I Could Not Tellp. 11
from The Dead and the Living (1984)
Ideographsp. 15
Photograph of the Girlp. 16
Race Riot, Tulsa, 1921p. 17
Of All the Dead That Have Come to Me, This Oncep. 18
Miscarriagep. 19
My Father Snoringp. 20
The Momentp. 21
The Connoisseuse of Slugsp. 22
New Motherp. 23
Sex Without Lovep. 24
Ecstasyp. 25
Exclusivep. 26
Rite of Passagep. 27
35/10p. 28
The Missing Boyp. 29
Bestiaryp. 30
The One Girl at the Boys' Partyp. 31
from The Gold Cell (1987)
Summer Solstice, New York Cityp. 35
On the Subwayp. 37
The Food-Thiefp. 39
The Girlp. 40
The Pope's Penisp. 42
Whenp. 43
I Go Back to May 1937p. 44
Alcatrazp. 45
Why My Mother Made Mep. 46
After 37 Years My Mother Apologizes for My Childhoodp. 47
Cambridge Elegyp. 48
Topographyp. 50
I Cannot Forget the Woman in the Mirrorp. 51
The Moment the Two Words Meetp. 52
Little Thingsp. 53
The Month of June: 13 1/2p. 54
Looking at Them Asleepp. 55
from The Father (1992)
The Glassp. 59
His Stillnessp. 61
The Liftingp. 62
The Racep. 63
Wonderp. 65
The Feelingsp. 66
His Ashesp. 68
Beyond Harmp. 70
The Underlifep. 71
Natural Historyp. 72
The Ferryerp. 73
I Wanted to Be There When My Father Diedp. 75
Waste Sonatap. 77
My Father Speaks to Me from the Deadp. 79
from The Wellspring (1996)
My Parents' Wedding Night, 1937p. 83
Japanese-American Farmhouse, California, 1942p. 84
Killing My Sister's Fishp. 85
Mrs. Krikorianp. 86
Firstp. 88
Adolescencep. 90
May 1968p. 91
Bathing the New Bornp. 93
41, Alone, No Gerbilp. 94
Physicsp. 95
My Son the Manp. 96
First Formalp. 97
High School Seniorp. 98
The Pediatrician Retiresp. 99
This Hourp. 101
Full Summerp. 103
Am and Am Notp. 104
True Lovep. 105
from Blood, Tin, Straw (1999)
The Promisep. 109
Know-Nothingp. 111
Dear Heartp. 113
19p. 114
That Dayp. 116
After Punishment Was Done with Mep. 118
What Is the Earth?p. 120
Leaving the Islandp. 121
The Prepositionsp. 123
1954p. 125
Cool Breezep. 127
For and Against Knowledgep. 129
The Spouses Waking Up in the Hotel Mirrorp. 131
You Kindlyp. 133
Where Will Love Go?p. 136
The Protestorp. 138
The Summer-Camp Bus Pulls Away from the Curbp. 139
The Talkersp. 140
First Thanksgivingp. 142
The Nativep. 143
The Knowingp. 145
from The Unswept Room (2002)
Kindergarten Abecedarianp. 149
Bible Study: 71 B.C.E.p. 150
5[cent] a Peekp. 152
Grey Girlp. 153
Still Life in Landscapep. 155
The Wedding Vowp. 156
His Costumep. 158
First Weeksp. 159
The Claspp. 161
Diaphragm Ariap. 162
The Windowp. 163
Fish Oilp. 165
Wonder as Wanderp. 166
The Shynessp. 168
April, New Hampshirep. 170
The Untanglingp. 172
The Learnerp. 174
Heaven to Bep. 176
The Tendingp. 177
Psalmp. 179
The Unsweptp. 181
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ISBN: 9780375710766
ISBN-10: 0375710760
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 181
Published: 28th September 2004
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.29