Stag's Leap

Stag's Leap

eBook - 2012
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Random House, Inc.

In this wise and intimate new book, Sharon Olds tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory, and new freedom.

As she carries us through the seasons when her marriage was ending, Olds opens her heart to the reader, sharing the feeling of invisibility that comes when we are no longer standing in love’s sight; the surprising physical bond that still exists between a couple during parting; the loss of everything from her husband’s smile to the set of his hip; the radical change in her sense of place in the world. Olds is naked before us, curious and brave and even generous toward the man who was her mate for thirty years and who now loves another woman. As she writes in the remarkable “Stag’s Leap,” “When anyone escapes, my heart / leaps up.  Even when it’s I who am escaped from, / I am half on the side of the leaver.” Olds’s propulsive poetic line and the magic of her imagery are as lively as ever, and there is a new range to the music—sometimes headlong, sometimes contemplative and deep. Her unsparing approach to both pain and love makes this one of the finest, most powerful books of poetry she has yet given us.

Baker & Taylor
A poignant sequence of poems traces the evolution of a divorce while exploring themes of love, sex, sorrow, memory and freedom as reflected by everyday familiarities and the poignancy of former lovers parting, in a collection by the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of The Dead and the Living.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
ISBN: 9780307959911
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Apr 10, 2019

bubbling up from the depths of loss

WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

Olds is known as a poet of the personal. This exceptional book of poems is about her husband leaving her for someone else after 30 years of marriage. Stag’s Leap chronicles the months and years of disentangling an intertwined life. There is a verve to these poems of grief. This book won the Pulitzer Prize! I highly recommend it.

multcolib_heathere Mar 13, 2016

An intimate glance at the end of a marriage by Pultizer Prize winning poet Sharon Olds.

beebee40 Jun 10, 2013

Powerful, painful poetry from a woman who has thrown caution to the winds.


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jenniferzilm Sep 27, 2018

“each hour is a room of shame, and I am
swimming, swimming, holding my head up,
smiling, joking, ashamed, ashamed,
like being naked with the clothed, or being
a child, having to try to behave
while hating the terms of your life.”
― Sharon Olds, Stag's Leap: Poems

jenniferzilm Sep 27, 2018

“Some people think I should
be over my ex by now — maybe
I thought I might have been over him more
by now. Maybe I’m half over who he
was, but not who I thought he was, and not
over the wound, sudden deathblow
as if out of nowhere, though it came from the core
of our life together.”
― Sharon Olds, Stag's Leap: Poems


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