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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 whose 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 or the brutal side of a woman's experience, Sharon Olds transforms the subjects with an alchemist's art, using language that is alternately casual and startling, fierce and transcendent. This is an intensely moving collection by one of our finest poets.

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  • EBook

    9781409001287

    December 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    128 pages

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  • Blood, Tin, Straw
    Sharon Olds

    Paperback

    9780224060899

    July 15, 2000

    Jonathan Cape

    128 pages

    RRP $29.99

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