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Author: OLDS, SHARON
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Olds, Sharon    Poet's Biography
125 poems available by this author


35/10    Poem Text    
First Line: Brushing out my daughter's dark
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Women


AFTER MAKING LOVE IN WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: At first, not even a sheet on me
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


ALCATRAZ    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was a girl, I knew I was a man
Subject(s): Prisons & Prisoners; Children; Discipline; Convicts; Childhood


ARMOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Just about at the tripled-barrelled pistol
Subject(s): Arms & Armor; Mothers & Sons; Weapons; Ammunition


ASPIC AND BUTTERMILK    Poem Text    
First Line: There were two foods I hated to eat, / so those were foods he like me to eat
Subject(s): Food & Eating


AT THE HOSPITAL FOR THE PARALYZED    Poem Text    
First Line: If I were in the wheelchair next to julia
Subject(s): Hospitals; Paralysis


BEYOND HARM    Poem Text    
First Line: A week after my father died
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Death; Dead, The


BIBLE STUDY: 71 B.C.E.    Poem Text    
First Line: After marcus licinius crassus


BY FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I pass an abandoned, half-wrecked building
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Death; Dead, The


CELIBACY AT TWENTY    Poem Text    
First Line: After I broke up with someone
Subject(s): Celibacy


CEREMONY OF BURIAL       
First Line: Looking south, at the base of the year
Subject(s): Funerals; Burials


CHAMBER THICKET    Poem Text    
First Line: As we sat at the feet of the string quartet


CRAZY    Poem Text    
First Line: I've said that he and I had been crazy
Subject(s): Marriage; Divorce; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


DEAR HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: How did you know to turn me over
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


DIAGNOSIS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: By the time I was six months old, she knew something
Subject(s): Wit & Humor; Children; Childhood


EARLIEST MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Light - not bright, but deep. No beams
Subject(s): Memory


EARLY IMAGES OF HEAVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: It amazed me that the shapes of penises
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


ECSTASY    Poem Text    
First Line: As we made love for the third day
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


EMILY DICKINSON'S WRITING TABLE IN HER BEDROOM AT THE HOMESTEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: The chair next to her writing table
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


FIRST HOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: That hour, I was most myself. I had shrugged
Last Line: And took me to my mother
Subject(s): Mothers


FIRST LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: It was sunday morning, I had the new york
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of; Death; Dead, The


FIRST SEX    Poem Text    
First Line: I knew little, and what I knew
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


FIRST THANKSGIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: When she comes back, from college, I will see
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Homecoming; Thanksgiving Day


FISH OIL    Poem Text    
First Line: One midnight, I got home from work
Last Line: From the dream of judgment
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Smells


FISH STORY       
First Line: The mother watched her daughter kneeling
Subject(s): Daughters


FOR MY MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: You were my first child, really.
Subject(s): Mothers


FORTY YEARS LATER       
First Line: When I suddenly sensed the rubber band which I had
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


FORTY-ONE, ALONE, NO GERBIL    Poem Text    
First Line: In the strange quiet, I realize
Subject(s): Death - Animals; Solitude


FROSTED ELFIN    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was a child, I could look down
Subject(s): Bodies


GREED AND AGGRESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone in quaker meeting talks about greed and agression
Subject(s): Men


HE COMES FOR THE JEWISH FAMILY, 1942    Poem Text    
First Line: When the german came, they knew he would take them
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Terror; Shoah


HER FIRST WEEK    Poem Text    
First Line: She was so small I would scan the crib a half-second
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR    Poem Text    
First Line: For seventeen years, her breath in the house
Subject(s): High School Students; Mothers & Daughters


HIS SMELL    Poem Text    
First Line: In the last days of my father's life
Subject(s): Death; Fathers; Smells; Dead, The; Odors; Aromas; Fragrances


HIS STILLNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: The doctor said to my father, you asked me
Subject(s): Fathers; Incurable Diseases; Courage; Valor; Bravery


I COULD NOT TELL    Poem Text    
First Line: I could not tell I had jumped off that bus,
Subject(s): Mothers; Suicide; Buses


I GO BACK TO MAY 1937    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I see them standing at the formal gates of their colleges
Subject(s): Parents; Marriage; Failure; Parenthood; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


IDEOGRAPHS    Poem Text    
First Line: The small scaffolds, boards in the form of
Subject(s): China; Photography & Photographers; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


IN THE CELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Sitting in the car at the end of summer, my
Subject(s): Body, Human; Men


IN THE HOSPITAL, NEAR THE END    Poem Text    
First Line: Suddenly my father lifted up his nightie, I
Variant Title(s): The Lifting
Subject(s): Death; Fathers & Daughters; Dead, The


IN WHAT DIRECTION OR WHEN    Poem Text    
First Line: By the time I find he was gone, it is
Subject(s): Fathers


INFINITE BLISS    Poem Text    
First Line: When I first saw snow cover the air
Last Line: Reflected snow, where we lay
Subject(s): Snow; Love - Erotic


KNOW-NOTHING    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes I think I know nothing about sex
Subject(s): Knowledge; Sex


LAST NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The next day, I am almost afraid.
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


LATE POEM TO MY FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Suddenly I thought of you
Subject(s): Fathers; Grandparents; Love; Alcoholics & Alcoholism; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


LENINGRAD CEMETERY, WINTER OF 1941    Poem Text    
First Line: That winter, the dead could not be buried
Subject(s): Corpses; Leningrad, Siege Of (1941); Cadavers


LIFE WITH SICK KIDS    Poem Text    
First Line: One child coughs once
Subject(s): Children; Sickness; Childhood; Illness


LOVE IN BLOODLINE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I saw my blood on your leg, the drop so
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Blood


MAKING LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: You wake up, and you do not know
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


MOM AS COMET    Poem Text    
First Line: How do they know that it won't decide
Last Line: Reckless energy, to astound and delight me
Subject(s): Mothers


MONARCHS    Poem Text    
First Line: All morning, as I sit thinking of you
Last Line: The beauty and silence of the great migrations
Subject(s): Longing; Love - Erotic; Butterflies; Migration


MRS. KRIKORIAN    Poem Text    
First Line: She saved me. When I arrived in sixth grade
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


MY FATHER'S DIARY (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: I get into bed with it, and spring
Subject(s): Diaries; Fathers & Daughters


MY FATHER'S DIARY (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: When I sit on the bed, and spring the brass
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Diaries


MY MOTHER'S PANSIES    Poem Text    
First Line: And all that time, in back of the house,
Subject(s): Pansies; Mothers


MY SON THE MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Suddenly his shoulders get a lot wider
Subject(s): Sons


NURSE WHITMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: You move between the soldiers' cots
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


ON THE SUBWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: The boy and I faced each other
Subject(s): Subways; Race Awareness


OUTSIDE THE OPERATING ROOM OF THE SEX-CHANGE DOCTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Outside the operating room of the sex-change doctor, a tray / of penises
Subject(s): Sex; Surgery


PARENTS' DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I breathed shallow as I looked for her
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters


POEMS FOR THE BREASTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Like other identical twins, they can be
Subject(s): Breasts; Divorce


PRAYER DURING A TIME MY SON IS HAVING SEIZURES    Poem Text    
First Line: Finally I just lean on the door-frame, a
Subject(s): Sons; Sickness; Prayer; Illness


QUAKE THEORY    Poem Text    
First Line: When two planes of earth scrape along each other
Subject(s): Disasters; Earthquakes


RITES OF PASSAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: As the guests arrive at my son's party
Subject(s): Boys; Birthdays


SATURN    Poem Text    
First Line: He lay on the couch night after night
Subject(s): Men


SEVENTH BIRTHDAY OF THE FIRST CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: The children were around my feet like dogs
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


SEX WITHOUT LOVE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: How do they do it, the ones who make love
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Lust; Sex; Sports


SLOWLY HE STARTS    Poem Text    
First Line: And slowly he starts to seem more far / away, he seems to waft, drift
Subject(s): Loss


SSSHH    Poem Text    
First Line: There was someone asleep in the next room
Subject(s): Sleep


STAG'S LEAP    Poem Text    
First Line: Then the drawing on the label of our favorite red wine
Subject(s): Marriage; Absence; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Separation; Isolation


STILL LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: At moments almost thinking of her, I was
Subject(s): Mothers; Sickness; Illness


STILL LIFE IN LANDSCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: It was night, it had rained, there were pieces of cars
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


SUMMER SOLSTICE, NEW YORK CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: By the end of the longest day of the year he could not stand it
Subject(s): Summer Solstice; Crime & Criminals


SUNDAY NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: When the family would go to a restaurant,
Subject(s): Waiters & Waitresses; Fathers; Bad Behavior; Shame; Sex


TAKE THE I OUT    Poem Text    
First Line: But I love the I, steel I-beam
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE ABANDONED NEWBORN    Poem Text    
First Line: When they found you, you were not breathing
Subject(s): Babies; Abandonment; Infants; Desertion


THE BABYSITTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The baby was about six months old
Subject(s): Adolescence; Babies; Teen Agers; Infants


THE CAST    Poem Text    
First Line: When the doctor cut off my son's cast the
Subject(s): Sons; Plaster Casts


THE CLASP    Poem Text    
First Line: She was four, he was one, it was raining, we had colds
Subject(s): Love; Mothers & Daughters


THE CONNOISSEUSE OF SLUGS    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was a connoisseuse of slugs
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening


THE COULDN'T    Poem Text    
First Line: And then, one day, though my mother had sent me
Subject(s): Women


THE DAY THEY TIED ME UP    Poem Text    
First Line: None of the pain was sharp. The sash was


THE DEATH OF MARILYN MONROE    Poem Text    
First Line: The ambulance men touched her cold
Subject(s): Monroe, Marilyn (1926-1962); Popular Culture - United States


THE ELDER SISTER    Poem Text    
First Line: When I look at my elder sister now
Subject(s): Sisters


THE ENCHANTMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: When I say, to my mother, what was a good
Subject(s): Mothers


THE FEAR OF ONE'S SELF    Poem Text    
First Line: As we get near the house. Taking off our gloves
Subject(s): Self


THE FERRYER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Three years after my father's death
Subject(s): Fathers


THE FLURRY    Poem Text    
First Line: When we talk about when to tell the kids
Subject(s): Divorce


THE FOOD-THIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: They drive him along the road in the steady


THE GLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: I think of it with wonder now
Subject(s): Cancer (Disease); Fathers; Glasses (Tumblers); Love


THE GUILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Every night, as my grandfather sat
Subject(s): Men


THE ISSUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Just don't tell me about the issues
Subject(s): Politics & Government


THE KNOWING    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Afterwards, when we have slept, paradise
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


THE LANGUAGE OF THE BRAG    Poem Text    
First Line: I have wanted excellence in the knife-throw
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891); Women; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


THE LAST BIRTHDAY AT HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: The last night before you were born, you were
Variant Title(s): January, Daughter
Subject(s): Birth; Daughters; Child Birth; Midwifery


THE LATEST INJURY    Poem Text    
First Line: When my son comes home from the weekend trip where he
Subject(s): Accidents; Injuries; Sons


THE LEARNER    Poem Text    
First Line: When my mother tells me she has found her late husband's
Last Line: Bathing itself, and singing
Subject(s): Mothers


THE LEGLESS FIGHTER PILOT    Poem Text    
First Line: He takes his calf in his hand, lifts the
Subject(s): Air Warfare; Aviation & Aviators; Amputees; World War Ii; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Second World War


THE MEAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Mama, I never stop seeing you there
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Mothers; Family Life; Relatives


THE MONTH OF JUNE: 13 1/2    Poem Text    
First Line: As my daughter approaches graduation and
Subject(s): Daughters


THE MORTAL ONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Three months after he lies dead, that
Subject(s): Fathers; Death; Dead, The


THE ONE GIRL AT THE BOYS PARTY    Poem Text    
First Line: When I take my girl to the swimming party
Subject(s): Adolescence; Teen Agers


THE PLANNED CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: I always hated the way they planned me, she
Subject(s): Birth Control; Disappointment; Contraception


THE POPE'S PENIS    Poem Text    
First Line: It hangs deep in his robes, a delicate
Subject(s): Popes; Papacy


THE POSSESSIVE    Poem Text    
First Line: My daughter - as if I
Subject(s): Daughters


THE PROMISE    Poem Text    
First Line: With the second drink, at the restaurant
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Death; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Dead, The


THE PROTESTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: We were driving north, through the snow, you said
Last Line: Swallowed and carried in the ark of the body itself
Subject(s): Kent State University - Riot, 1970


THE PULL    Poem Text    
First Line: As the flu goes on, I get thinner and thinner
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Absence; Separation; Isolation


THE RACE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I got to the airport I rushed up to the desk
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Men


THE SHYNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Then, when we were joined, I became
Subject(s): Shyness; Love - Erotic; Solitude


THE SUMMER-CANP BUS PULLS AWAY FROM THE CURB    Poem Text    
First Line: Whatever he needs, he has or doesn't
Subject(s): Camping; Summer; Farewell; Camps; Summer Camps; Parting


THE TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: In the dark square wooden room at noon
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Swimming & Swimmers


THE UNJUSTLY PUNISHED CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: The child screams in his room. Rage
Subject(s): Punishment


THE VICTIMS    Poem Text    
First Line: When mother divorced you, we were glad. She took it and
Subject(s): Divorce


THE WEDDING VOW    Poem Text    
First Line: I did not stand at the altar, I stood
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Our daughter calls me, in tears - like water
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish - Aftermath


TOPOGRAPHY    Poem Text    
First Line: After we flew across the country we
Subject(s): United States; Togetherness; America


TOTH FARRY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the back of the charm-box, in a sack, the baby
Subject(s): Babies; Teeth; Infants; Toothaches


TRUE LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the middle of the night, when we get up
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Love


VIRGINAL ORGY    Poem Text    
First Line: In our sophomore year, solomon wheat
Subject(s): High School Students


VOGUE SHOOT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Photography & Photographers; Models; Cosmetics


VOICES    Poem Text    
First Line: Our voices race to the towers, and up beyond
Subject(s): Voices


WHAT IF GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: And what if god had been watching when my mother
Subject(s): God; Mothers


WHEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I wonder now only when it will happen
Last Line: It will look so beautiful.
Subject(s): Amputees; Antinuclear Movement; Nuclear War; Nuclear Freeze; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


ZNAMENSKAYA SQUARE, LENINGRAD, 1941    Poem Text    
First Line: The older girl pulls the child's
Subject(s): Saint Oetersburg, Russia; World War Ii; Children - Death; Second World War