The new collection from the major prize-winning poet.
Sharon Olds divides this new book into five sections - 'Blood, ' 'Tin, ' 'Straw, ' 'Fire' and 'Light' - each made up of fourteen poems which dominant imagery is drawn from one of these elements. The poems are rooted in different moments of an ordinary life and weave back and forth in time. Each section suggests the progression of the making of a soul cleansed by blood, forged by fire, suffused by light. Unafraid to confront the ecstatic of the brutal side of a woman's experience, Sharon Olds tranforms the subjects with an alchemist's art, using language that is alternately casual and startling, fierce and transcedent. This is an intensely moving collection by one of our finest poets.