The Guardian

October 22, 2012

 Reviews Stag’s Leap







Sharon Olds’s moving, insightful poems about the end of her marriage are her best yet

“This out-of-the-ordinary collection, about the end of a marriage, goes beyond the confessional. Sharon Olds, who has always had a gift for describing intimacy, has, in a sense, had these poems thrown at her by life and allowed them to take root: they are stunning – the best of a formidable career. Deserted after decades of marriage, she describes a love for her husband that refuses to die to order. They are the most unusual love poems: fortified by years, by sexual passion of valedictory intensity and by vows she does not, at first, know how to unmake. They can be read as an ongoing narrative – a calendar of pain.”

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( Photograph: Eamonn Mccabe )

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Lawrence Davis-Hollander October 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm


No other obvious way to get in touch so I am trying this.

Your end of marriage poems touched me as most anyone going through separation and divorce would be

Short version: I’d love to include a few poems or excerpts from Stags Leap on my website, which is a start up as the result of my end of marriage. I think they would be inspirational and helpful for would be clients and ofcourse potentially get them interested in your work. I would provide links, etc to your site.

Happy to converse or email for more detail and an idea of who I am.

FYI–website is under construction–I can particularly direct you to my blogs.

Much thanks



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