. From the outset the language is most clever though the mindscape from which it echoes is a wasteland. I was hard to convince. The book and wonderful metaphor is set up intriguingly -Satan Says 1980 - by Sharon Olds is a landmark book of modern and confessional poetry. There were other poems that I sort of liked--perhaps the poem had one startling, I've been meaning to try Sharon Olds for awhile--she has such a reputation as the queen of confessionalism. I take them up like the male and female paper dolls and bang them together at the hips like chips of flint as if to strike sparks from them, I say Do what you are going to do, and I will tell about it. Very intense, with very polemic subjects - like that of incest -, but also very interesting points of view on being a daughter, a woman, a mother.
Who may live on your holy mountain? You come in with a bag, hold it out to me in silence. Life Sharon Olds was born in 1942 in San Francisco. It is easy to see how this debut! The white woman is above the black man in the eyes of much of society. It really is the little things that make give a poem its impact. Nothing I can say will describe or do it justice so I will only tell you two short anecdotes to help illumate its impact on me. Many people cope with traumatic events by disassociation; others by casting blame. She seems to write a lot about her children's genitals.
I had to pause after this and sit there laughing, gently laughing in utter joy. The book opens with the title poem. It is important as an incredibly well-designed poetic, chronological narrative of a woman's experience. It lay in ruins, almost barren, except for the atrocities germinating, littering the terrifying place. No kiss, no tenderness—more like killing, death-grip holding to life, genitals like violent hands clasped tight barely moving, more like being closed in a great jaw and eaten, and the screaming. This is dealt with, in varying degrees of intensity and success , in her first four books. One would live without it, but not as whole.
It is, however, a question I cannot broach, because Sharon Olds made a vow 25 years ago never to name people in the poems or to speak publicly about her family. Sadly this book was way to short for me, but had what I refer to as th e uncomfortable poetry that I know Olds for. Eliot Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. I can't agree that Satan Says is Olds best book--that honor belongs to the magnificent The Gold Cell--but it's shockingly good, and now I know, better than I have given it credit for: a woman breaking out of the restrictions of her life to bring her art to the collective, without guilt, self-blame, or denial. They are often used to define varying degrees of emotional involvement in a scene or situation. I especially loved some poems on motherhood - and wish to revisit them when I am a mother myself.
I love to see it change if I cry—there is no worry, no pity, no graver radiance. The book and wonderful metaphor is set up intriguingly -Satan Says 1980 - by Sharon Olds is a landmark book of modern and confessional poetry. The intensity is there in the person, too. This beautiful self-awareness is what epitomizes Satan Says for me- life may be terrible or wonderful, but whatever it is, Olds does not shriek away from it but instead faces it head on. As for many Americans, therapy helped. They are also known to be very controversial during their time periods because they wrote so freely about social, political and familiar issues. While a doctoral English student at Columbia University during the early 1970s, Olds nursed hopes of writing, not studying, poetry—a wish, she laughed, for which she prayed to Satan to grant.
Afterwards he twangs his penis. He stands on the porch, peeinginto the grass, watching a birdfly around the house, and ends uppissing on the front door. You know, several of her poems in this book have stayed with me, though, both the amazing ones and the ones I only kind of liked. Yet the speaker quickly realizes that this opening leads to another, different kind of prison. It is, presumably, no coincidence that these poems coincided with the breakdown of her marriage. I may not agree or share most of the feelings the poet explores on this book, but it did make me think, which I believe is always a good thing.
This paper will introduce Satan through Biblical means, including his involvement in the Old and New Testaments. This is unforgettable, powerful, of high value---poetry of the human experience. Sometimes her poems explore the kind of territory most would either consign to an edgy memory or abandon altogether. I've read most of her books more than ten times a piece, so I was surprised that when I sat down to reread Satan Says, the Rosetta Stone of Olds' body of work I've resisted putting my reviews of Sharon Olds' poems up on the Internet, mainly because I haven't had time to give these deep meditations proper appreciation. They did make me uncom Very intense, with very polemic subjects - like that of incest -, but also very interesting points of view on being a daughter, a woman, a mother. Physical changes are the easiest to recognize, especially when you are familiar with the subject like a mother is with her daughter.
The abuse she and her sister suffered from their father, the somewhat shifty presence of her own mother, her reluctance to be a mother and then being inside of it, all of it is honest and descriptively told. Sometimes he is slightly smiling, but mostly he just gazes at me gazing, his entire face lit. A place where I am perfectly content has little to do with my surroundings, but rather the people with me and how they are behaving. I took The Gold Cell into the living room, sat down, and read every poem. Thus, Olds began a seven-year apprenticeship in writing which included an influential class with Muriel Rukeyser.
I am trying to write my way out of the closed box redolent of cedar. Olds banishes the old stereotypes and pours the very blood in her heart out onto the paper over her words and splits the myths and fallacies wide open. There is a definite ick factor to many of these poems. I want to go up to them and say Stop, don't do it--she's the wrong woman, he's the wrong man, you are going to do things you cannot imagine you would ever do, you are going to do bad things to children, you are going to suffer in ways you never heard of, you are going to want to die. Sharon Olds is enormously self-aware; her poetry is remarkable for its candor, its eroticism, and its power to move. Far too many bleeding heart why don't you love me poems.
Imagery in a Sharon Olds poem is rarely passive, and at its best is some of the most indelible, original in contemporary poetry. She was elected an Academy Chancellor in 2006. Usually books have all joy sucked out of them by dry analysis but the thing about Olds is that the more you read her poetry, the more layers you discover. We would all get along, we would all be honest, and there would be no thoughts about petty problems such as money, relationships, and school, no matter where we are, although I have to say living within the Pokémon universe would be spectacular. This is unforgettable, powerful, of high value---poetry of the human experience.