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The Wellspring

Olds, Sharon

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ISBN 10: 0679765603 / ISBN 13: 9780679765608
Published by Knopf, 1996
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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First wraps edition, published simultaneously with the hardcover. Near Fine, Inscribed on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 83120169

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Title: The Wellspring

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Sharon Olds's dazzling new collection is a sequence of poems that reaches into the very wellspring of life. The poems take us back to the womb, and from there on to childhood, to a searing sexual awakening, to the shock of childbirth, to the wonder and humor of parenthood--and, finally, to the depths of adult love.

Always bold, musical, honest, these poems plunge us into the essence of experience. This is a highly charged, beautifully organized collection from one of the finest poets writing today.

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The theme of Sharon Olds' fifth volume of poetry, The Wellspring is family and the sexual and sensual nature of the creation and sustenance of life--most often her own. From a time in her mother's life that preceded her own birth ("half of me/was deep in her body, dyed egg") to her father's testicles ("my brothers/and sisters are there, swimming by the cinerous/millions") to her son (who "waited inside me so many years/egg in my side before I was born"), her place in the reproductive life of her family is paramount. Even when the ostensible subject of a poem is as public as a campus antiwar demonstration, as in "May 1968," the real topic is creation and procreation: "The mounted police moved, near us/while we sang ... /if my period did not come tonight/I was pregnant."

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