SHARON OLDS WINS PULITZER PRIZE FOR “STAG’S LEAP”

April 16, 2013

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Sharon Olds won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Stag’s Leap, a collection of poems that portray the end of a marriage. (AP)

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NPR: 

Poet Sharon Olds won the Pulitzer for Stag’s Leap, a collection of poems that resulted, as Tess Taylor wrote for NPR in late 2012, from Olds’ impressions of the end of her marriage. It includes these lines:

“I show no anger but in flashes of humor,
all is courtesy and horror.”

In her review, Taylor said that Stag’s Leap “moves beyond Olds to offer an alphabet of grieving, to gather a shape of losing, as well as perhaps offering us some clues about beginning anew.”

 

Hooray!

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Eira Makepeace April 17, 2013 at 9:17 am

Yay for this very public recognition and yay for the poetry!

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Melanie Somerville June 4, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Dear Ms. Olds,
I recently heard the reading you did on National Public Radio during the OnPoint show. I am a PhD student in Counselor Education and Supervision at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. My dissertation is on the subject of divorce after long-term marriage. I bought your book immediately. The words inside are beautiful. I would like permission to quote one of your poems in my title. I haven’t gotten that far yet, I’m still reviewing the literature and planning my methodology (phenomenological). This book gives credibility to the experiences of women after long-term divorce and I would like to include it in the body of my work. I hope to hear from you soon. My best, Melanie Somerville

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