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Stag's Leap

By Sharon Olds.

By Sharon Olds

Stag’s Leap is stunningly poignant sequence of poems that tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory, and new freedom.

In this wise and intimate telling—which carries us through the seasons when her marriage was ending—Sharon 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. 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 Olds has yet given us.



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Format: Book
Author: Olds, Sharon
Title: Stag's leap / by Sharon Olds.
Publisher Date: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Isbn: 0375712259 9780375712258
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System Items Available: 1
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Call Number: 811.54 Old
Bib Id: 410124

Format: Book
Author: Olds, Sharon
Title: Stag's leap / by Sharon Olds.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Description: x, 89 p. ; 22 cm.
Notes: Poems.
LCCN: 2012004426
ISBN: 0375712259
ISBN: 9780375712258
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 811.54 Old