One Secret Thing, Paperback

One Secret Thing Paperback



Sharon Olds completes her cycle of family poems in a book at once intense and harmonic, playful with language, and rich with a new self-awareness and sense of irony.

The opening poem, with its sequence of fearsome images of war, serves as a prelude to poems of home in which humour, anger, and compassion sing together with lyric energy - sometimes comic, sometimes filled with a kind of unblinking forgiveness.

These songs of joy and danger - public and private - illuminate one another.

As the book unfolds, the portrait of the mother goes through a moving revision, leading us to a final series of elegies of hard-won mourning.

One Secret Thing is charged throughout with Sharon Olds's characteristic passion, imagination, and poetic power.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780224087841



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