Stag's Leap

Poems

by Sharon Olds

Stag's Leap

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A poignant sequence of poems traces the evolution of a divorce while exploring themes of love, sex, sorrow, memory and freedom as reflected by everyday familiarities and the poignancy of former lovers parting, in a collection by the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of The Dead and the Living.

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And how to read Sharon Olds' recent, Pulitzer-Prize winning book of poems, Stag's Leap? As a ferocious, unrelenting, 90-page gathering of lyrics and laments on a single event: the last year of a crumbling marriage and its aftermath, in which the sense of loss is almost more than a reader should have to bear in such profusion. "While he told me, I looked from small thing / to small thing," she begins, "in our room, the face / of the bedside clock, the sepia postcard / of a woman

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