Helen Vender calls Sharon Olds 'pornographic, ' and Michaael Ondaajte says she's 'pure fire'. Boldly searing woman's physical desires onto the page, Olds has become one of the most widely read, best-selling poets on the contemporary scene. In this new collection, she seems to have literally submerged herself in the wellspring, where she can pour her poems on us, poems that take us back to the encompassing womb, to a thrilling but cold sexual awakening, and finally to the depths of lasting love. A daughter can remember her mother's wedding night. A woman traces the cells of a stillborn back to their origin as stars in the sky. A mother finds her son's old jeans and sees the young boy who once wore them. A woman drinks wine with her husband at night, in summer, and they make love. THE WELLSPRING is the finest book yet by an extraordinary poet.
"Sentences roll on with breathless urgency, and the emotional pace of these unstoppered utterances is remarkably effective... Visceral in detail and unsparingly honest in its psychology, the volume offers a tenderness and integrity which allow even the more shockingly erotic or confessional moments to say something about innocence" * Guardian * "Sharon Olds' poems are pure fire in the hands - risky, on the verge of falling, and in the end leaping up. I love the toughness and humour and brag and tenderness and completion in her work as she carries the reader through rooms of passion and loss" -- Michael Ondaatje "Her best work exhibits a lyrical acuity which is both purifying and redemptive. She sees description as a means to catharsis, and the result is impossible to forget...her poetry is remarkable for its candour, its eroticism and its power to move" -- David Leavitt "This, surely, is the sound the confessional hordes have been trying to utter since Lowell, the right road that is missed so easily" -- Glyn Maxwell