One Secret Thing

One Secret Thing

Book - 2008
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In One Secret Thing , her ninth collection, Sharon Olds completes her cycle of family poems.

The book opens with a poem in twelve parts, which focuses on fearsome images of war. This vision of strife between nations is followed by indelible new poems of conflict within a family. Here are poems of home in which anger, joy, danger, and desire sing together with lyric energy--sometimes comic, sometimes with unblinking forgiveness.

The collection in its entirety is intense and harmonic, moving from minor key to major to minor, and it is rich with a level of self-awareness and irony new in Olds's work. One Secret Thing is a double portrait, of a child and a difficult parent. As the book unfolds, the portrait of the mother goes through a moving revisioning.

One Secret Thing culminates in a series of elegies of hard-won mourning. Throughout, the poems are shot through with Olds's characteristic passion, zany imagination, and poetic power.
Published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307269928
0307269922
9780375711770
0375711775
Branch Call Number: 811.54 OLD
Characteristics: vii, 98 p. ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: 1 secret thing

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