Sharon Olds is over from the States this month with readings in Edinburgh, Aldeburgh and London. I’ll just miss the Aldeburgh Poetry Prom, as I must leave my house by the sea on that day to be back in London. If you haven’t seen Olds read it’s worth the journey!
Readers are rarely indifferent to her work. Pouncing on individual poems or the latest book the verdict is usually either love it or hate it.
Reading such a body of work I could only admire her journey, her tenacity in the search, through writing, for ‘truth.’ Outspoken, of course, but look at the multi-perspectives she brings to the same material – her difficult childhood, her troubled relationships with her parents, her sexuality. There is compassion, searing honesty, but no self-pity. And, always humour. See her if you can.