Sharon Olds

Sharon Olds is the author of eleven volumes of poetry, most recently Stag’s Leap (Knopf, 2012), which was awarded the T. S. Eliot Prize and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her next collection, Odes, is due out shortly, also from Knopf. Named New York State Poet Laureate from 1998–2000, Olds teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and is one of the founders of NYU’s writing workshops for residents of Goldwater Hospital and for veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, she was awarded the Donald Hall–Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry in 2014, and was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2015.


Once in a While I Gave Up

  Once in a while I gave up, and let myself  remember how much I’d liked the way my ex’s hips were set, the head of the femur which rode, not shallow, not deep, in the socket  of the pelvis, wrapped in the iliofemoral and ischiofemoral ligaments,  the ball bearings suspended just so to give […]

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