Stag's Leap: Poems

Stag's Leap: Poems


Stag’s Leap is stunningly poignant series of poems that tells the tale of a divorce, embracing strands of affection, intercourse, sorrow, reminiscence, and new freedom.

during this clever and intimate telling—which contains us in the course of the seasons while her marriage was once ending—Sharon Olds opens her middle to the reader, sharing the sensation of invisibility that comes after we aren't any longer status in love’s sight; the outstanding actual bond that also exists among a pair in the course of parting; the lack of every little thing from her husband’s smile to the set of his hip. Olds is bare prior to us, curious and courageous or even beneficiant towards the fellow who was once her mate for thirty years and who now loves one other lady. As she writes within the notable “Stag’s Leap,” “When an individual escapes, my center / leaps up.  Even while it’s I who am escaped from, / i'm part at the facet of the leaver.” Olds’s propulsive poetic line and the magic of her imagery are as vigorous as ever, and there's a new variety to the music—sometimes headlong, occasionally contemplative and deep. Her unsparing method of either soreness and love makes this one of many best, strongest books of poetry Olds has but given us.

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