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
Brave, generous and very moving.
Mark Sanderson, Sunday Telegraph
[It] amazed me...great, heartfelt, monumental book.
Toby Litt, New Statesman
Each image of Sharon Olds' searing Stag's Leap brands itself on retina and heart - how will I ever forget the "Tiny Siren" found by accident in the washing machine?
Gerda Stevenson, Morning Star
The most powerful piece of writing I've encountered in decades... The raw emotion of break up transcends every known cliché thanks to her generosity of spirit and the awe-inspiring choreography of her language.
Laura George, Image Magazine