Gold Cell

Gold Cell

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A new collection by the much praised poet whose second book THE DEAD AND THE LIVING, was both the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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ISBN-13: 9780394747705
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1987
Series: Knopf Poetry Series , #25
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 385,169
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Sharon Olds was born in 1942, in San Francisco, and educated at Stanford University and Columbia University. Her first book of poems, Satan Says (1980), received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Her second, The Dead and the Living, was both the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches poetry workshops in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and in the N.Y.U. workshop program at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island in New York. More recently she was awarded the Walt Whitman Citation for Merit by the New York State Writers Institute of the State University of New York. The citation officially invested her with the title of New York State Poet for 1998-2000.

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Gold Cell 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Smellsbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the poetry of Sharon Olds, and recommend this collection highly. Her narrative style and unwavering voice bring her subject matters, often wrenching, a particular unique sensitivity.
chellerystick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sharon Olds writes a looser, more conversational verse. In this lovely book, she discusses childhood (and relations with parents), womanhood (and relations with boyfriends), and motherhood (and relations with children). She is unafraid to let her speaker name body parts, blood, and abuses, to speak uncertain things, and those that may be unconventional. Yet, through all of the violence and the fear, the speaker remains affectionate and hopeful. I believe this is what makes it the gold cell: a seed of treasure for the future. This is a very living book.This book is probably not appropriate for anyone unprepared for graphic descriptions in their poetry, by age, training, or nature.
amyfaerie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first book of Olds's that I read, and still the one that resonates with me. Olds is a bad-ass.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. Confessional poetry, whether hers or not, at it's best.