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One Secret Thing

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780375711770
Author(s): Sharon Olds
Format: Paperback
Year: 2008
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Dimensions: 151 x 213 x 8 (w x l x h)
Pages: 98

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Sharon Olds completes her cycle of family poems in a book at once intense and harmonic, playful with language, and rich with a new self-awareness and sense of irony. The opening poem, with its sequence of fearsome images of war, serves as a prelude to poems of home in which humor, anger, and compassion sing together with lyric energy sometimes comic, sometimes filled with a kind of unblinking forgiveness. These songs of joy and danger public and private illuminate one another. As the book unfolds, the portrait of the mother goes through a moving revisioning, leading us to a final series of elegies of hard-won mourning. 'One Secret Thing 'is charged throughout with Sharon Olds s characteristic passion, imagination, and poetic power. The doctor on the phone was young, maybe on hisfirst rotation in the emergency room.On the ancient boarding-school radio, in the attic hall, the announcer had given myboyfriend s name as one of twobrought to the hospital after the sunriseservice, the egg-hunt, the crash one of themcritical, one of them dead. I was looking at thestairwell banisters, at their lathing, the necks and knobs like joints and bones, the varnish here thicker here thinner I had said'Which one of them died, 'and now the world wasan ant s world: the huge crumb of eachsecond thrown, somehow, up ontomy back, and the young, tired voicesaid my fresh love s name. 'from ' Easter 1960 '

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