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The Unswept Room Paperback – September 24, 2002
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as a herder-of-diesel mechanics
in a small shipyard. Voracious appetite
for poetry for the most recent few
years of my life.
Along now comes "The Unswept Room."
The cover art is worth the price
of the book. Inside is a voyage
that defines travel at it's apex.
I'm captured from the beginning with
Olds' fluidity, warmth, and, excuse the use
of a well-worn word in re: poetry,
It's not easy to penetrate the soul
of a man used for years to the
bending of wrenches.
The body of work in this book
set me up for just such a piercing.
Then early this morning, I got to
"April, New Hampshire."
Brought the salty fluid to bathe
my eyes, but none fell out.
A few pages on, "The Learner"
nailed me to wall.
I thought "The Red Queen" had taught
me more than one gender should know
about the other, from a scientific
line of sight.
Ms. Olds has taken this salty old codger
staightaway into her soul, her feminine soul.
I will be forever grateful.
Ladies--You may have kindred candles lit for you.
Gentlemen--You may learn from the light
of those candles.
I didn't think Olds' work could get any stronger, but it does. Her sense of meter and her willingness to take the reader on a real leap of mind and heart are even more developed here than in her earlier work. A must-read for any poet or anyone who likes poetry.
The National Book Foundation wrote "A new collection of poems from a distinguished poet, ranging from those erupting out of history and childhood, a new generation of children, the transformative power of marital love, and the shock when that love comes to an end."
If you enjoyed her previous poems, you will like this one too.
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This is not poetry! It is the rantings of a woman obsessed with herself and her anguish. I don't care. Read morePublished on April 10, 2006 by Catherine Ross
Olds could be writing short prose pieces and make it pass for a short novel. These "poems" don't even really pass for "psalms", which I suspect her to be moving... Read morePublished on June 15, 2003