The Father: Poems

by Olds, Sharon
3.1 out of 5 Customer Rating
ISBN: 9780679740025


A searing sequence of poems about a daughter's vision of a father's illness and death--by a poet for these times, a powerful woman who won't back down (San Francisco Chronicle) and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and T. S. Eliot Prize

The Father chronicles these events in a connected narrative, from the onset of the illness to reflections in the years after the death. The book is, most of all, a series of acts of understanding. The poems are impelled by a passion to know, and a freedom to follow wherever the truth may lead. The book goes into area of feeling and experience rarely entered in poetry.

The ebullient language, the startling, far-reaching images, the sense of extraordinary connectedness seize us immediately. Sharon Olds transforms a harsh reality with truthfulness, with beauty, with humor--and without bitterness.

The deep pain in The Father arises from a death, and from understanding a life. But there is joy as well. In the end, we discover we have been reading not a grim accounting but an inspiriting tragedy, transcending the personal. The radiance and daring that have always distinguished Sharon Old's work find here their most powerful expression.

  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Author: Olds, Sharon
  • ISBN: 9780679740025
  • Condition: Used
  • Dimensions: 8.40 x 0.28
  • Number Of Pages: 96
  • Publication Year: 1992

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