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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407053066
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

The Unswept Room




The new collection from the major prize-winning poet.

From Sharon Olds: a dazzling new collection of poems that project a fresh spirit, a startling energy of language and rhythm, and a moving, elegiac tone shot through with humour. From poems that erupt out of the traumas of childhood and the painful disconnections between mother and daughter to the nurturing of the poet's own offspring and the transformative power of marital love, Sharon Olds takes risks, writing boldly of physical and emotional sensations seldom confronted in poetry. These are poems that strike for the heart, drawing us into her experiences, capturing our imaginations with unexpected word play, sprung rhythms and startling revelations. Writing at the peak of her powers, this greatly admired poet gives us one of her finest collections.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407053066
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

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 The Unswept Room

“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 of her work.”

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 end result is impossible to forget - her poetry is remarkable for its candour, its eroticism, and its power to move.”

David Leavitt


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