Olds, Sharon


I want to go
up to them there in the late May sunlight and say it,
her hungry pretty face turning to me
her pitiful beautiful untouched body,
his arrogant handsome face turning to me,
his pitiful beautiful untouched body,
but I don’t do it. I want to live.

– Sharon Olds, “I Go Back to May 1937”

Listen to Sharon Olds’ reading for the Poetry Center of Chicago:

Read this interview with Sharon Olds from BOMB Magazine:

Sharon Olds

This interview is featured, along with thirty-four others, in our anthology BOMB: The Author Interviews . “I have learned to get pleasure from speaking of pain”-Sharon Olds could as easily substitute “give” for “get” in this line from a poem in The Father.

Watch Sharon Olds’ TEDx talk:

The Poetry of the in-between | Sharon Olds | TEDxMet

The Breasts and the Hymen: two powerful anatomical and symbolic body parts are the subjects of this poet’s powerful exploration the in-between of the past and the future. The twelve collections published by poet Sharon Olds include Satan Says (1980), The Dead and The Living (1984), The Wellspring (1996), and Stag’s Leap (2013), which won both the Pulitzer and T.S.

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