The Writer's Almanac from Sunday, November 19, 2017 “First Formal” by Sharon Olds from The Wellspring. © Knopf, 1996. ORIGINAL TEXT AND AUDIO - 2017 It’s the birthday of American poet Sharon Olds (1942), best known for her raw, personal poems that explore female sexuality, menstruation, bodies, and pregnancy. She once said, “When I started writing, women’s lives were not written about much; I felt poems were about making rather than using something up.”
Once again, thank you for the audio. I’m going to order your book too.
Who was it that said something like, I apologized for the length of this letter, but I don’t have time to write a short one?
One of my librarian friends is quite fond of Sharon Olds. I didn't realise she was controversial. I suppose her themes irked certain audiences. Poetry is that unique expression of random thoughts that mere verbal words cannot undo. I miss how classic poetry made me whole and a bit broken too.
Hemingway is one of my favourite authors. His terse, economic voice has transcended everything else. I must have an expatriate once ago. Paris is a dream city for me during the early 20th century.