The Sign of Saturn: Poems 1980-1987 - Sharon OldsLondon: Secker & Warburg, 1991, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good.
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From the cover: “The poems collected under the title The Sign of Saturn are about sexuality, power and the idea of family, and they have, over the past decade, excited strong reactions from American readers. Writing with a muscular lyricism and passionate accuracy, Sharon Olds has taken a woman’s life and the lives of those around her and laid them open before us with all the nerves exposed. The poems tell stories of first sexual memories — whether thrilling or harrowing — of birth, and of death in its many forms: from the burial of a child’s pet to political genocide, from a car crash to a miscarriage. Presiding over the book are both the figure of a drunken father — the Saturn who ate his children — and the family made as if to cancel him out. Sex frees the speaker from her father’s thrall, and she finds that all men are not like him and all childhoods need not be like her own.
What the poems share is their author’s ability to gaze unflinchingly on difficult things and to describe them with a tough and tender sensuality, an honest, erotic language that holds within it not just anger and pain, but wonder, joy, and a boundless vitality.”