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  • Published: 2 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473574014
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

Arias




A frank and exhilarating book by one of the most powerful confessional poets.

*SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 T. S. ELIOT PRIZE*

Following her recent Odes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet gives us a new collection of poems that sing of a woman’s intimate life and political conscience. The atom bomb, Breaking Bad, the cervix, Trayvon Martin, her mother’s return from the dead: the peerless Sharon Olds once again takes up subject matter that is both difficult and ordinary, elusive and everywhere. Each aria is shaped by its unique melody and moral logic, as Olds stands centre stage to account for her own late romance and chance wisdom, and faces the tragic life of our nation and our planet. ‘I cannot say I did not ask / to be born,’ begins one aria, which considers how, with what actions, with what thirst, we each ask for a turn, and receive our portion on earth. Olds delivers these pieces with all the passion, anguish, and solo force that make a great performance, in the process enlarging the soul of her readers.

  • Pub date: 2 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473574014
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the Author

Sharon Olds

Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco, educated at Stanford and Columbia universities, and has lived for many years in New York City. Her books have won many awards over the years. Her last collection, Stag’s Leap, won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. In 2016 she won the Wallace Stevens award for her ‘outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry'.

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Praise for Arias

“On my Christmas list? Sharon Olds’s Arias. Olds is a supreme poet of the body; I’ll be reading her till I die.”

Fiona Benson, Guardian, *Books of the Year*


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