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The Gold Cell by Sharon Olds
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May 07, 12

bookshelves: poetry, all-time-faves

There are so many great lines and so many classic poems in this book, it's like reading a best-of collection. Olds's talent is ridiculous, nearly unreachable in this collection. I read some of these poems and felt changed, like I was absorbing something that could barely fit into me.The pendulum here swings from anger and horror to beauty and love effortlessly, like life in real time. Favorite poems include "Summer Solstice, New York City," "The Girl," "I Go Back to May 1937," "Looking at My Father," "The Blue Dress," "The Month of June: 13 1/2" and seriously about twenty others. This is a mammoth wonder of a book.
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message 1: by sarah (new)

sarah gilbert my absolute favorite all-time book of poems. I heard her reading from this book as a freshman in college and I've never been the same! <3


message 2: by John (new)

John Isaacson I love that book


Kevin Yeah. So far, I'm like, "Holy crap! Where have I been?"


message 4: by Corey (new)

Corey She's so great.


message 5: by Jill (new)

Jill My favorite Olds collection is The Wellspring. I assume you're headed there at some point.


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