Sharon Olds: ‘I want a poem to be useful’
The celebrated American poet on her abusive childhood, the end of her marriage and writing about pain
“Sharon Olds has the wrong surname. At 70, you can see the young woman in Olds – in the sweep of her long hair and her gentle voice. Even her seed pearl necklace seems right, as if about to grow into something else. Suppleness – and a sense of mutability – is in her writing, too. She is one of America’s best loved poets – her readings attract huge audiences – but she is still under-recognized in this country. In the US, she has won the San Francisco Poetry Centre award, the Lamont poetry prize and the National Book Critics Circle award. And she has won the TS Eliot prize over here and may be about to secure it for a second time with Stag’s Leap, the most remarkable collection of her career.”
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