Stag's Leap

By Sharon Olds

Synopsis

Tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory, and new freedom. This title carries us through the seasons when author's marriage was ending.

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Review

"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 tremendous book of grace and gallantry which crowns the career of a world-class poet." -- Carol Ann Duffy Huffington Post "[A] brilliant and fearless poet." -- Joyce Carol Oates "Taut and beautiful poems." -- Edna O'Brien Guardian

Author Biography

Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco, and educated at Stanford and Columbia universities. Her first book, Satan Says (1980), received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Her second, The Dead and the Living, was both the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Father was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize in England, and The Unswept Room was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Olds teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and is one of the founders of NYU's writing workshops for residents of Goldwater Hospital, and for veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.