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The father

Author: Sharon Olds
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The Father is a sequence of poems, a daughter's vision of a father's illness and death. It chronicles these events in a connected narrative, from the onset of the illness to reflections in the years after the death. The book is, most of all, a series of acts of understanding. The poems are impelled by a passion to know and a freedom to follow wherever the truth may seem to lead. The book goes into areas of feeling
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Olds, Sharon.
Father.
New York : Knopf, 1992
(OCoLC)623224197
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sharon Olds
ISBN: 0679411275 9780679411277 9780679740025 0679740023
OCLC Number: 24543273
Description: ix, 79 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: The Waiting --
Nullipara --
The Pulling --
The Glass --
Death and Morality --
The Picture I Want --
The Lumens --
His Terror --
His Stillness --
The Want --
The Lifting --
The Look --
The Struggle --
The Present Moment --
Last Acts --
The Transformed One --
Last Words --
Close to Death --
Wonder --
The Race --
The Request --
Psalm --
My Father's Eyes --
The Last Day --
The Exact Moment of His Death --
His Smell --
The Dead Body --
Death --
The Feelings --
After Death --
What Shocked Me When My Father Died --
Death and Murder --
The Mortal One --
The Urn --
His Ashes --
Beyond Harm --
The Underlife --
One Year --
The Swimmer --
The Exam --
Natural History --
The Cigars --
Parent Visiting Day --
Letter to My Father from 40,000 Feet --
The Pull --
The Ferryer --
The Motel --
I Wanted to Be There When My Father Died --
When the Dead Ask My Father about Me --
To My Father --
Waste Sonata --
My Father Speaks to Me from the Dead.
Responsibility: by Sharon Olds.

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The Father is a sequence of poems, a daughter's vision of a father's illness and death. It chronicles these events in a connected narrative, from the onset of the illness to reflections in the years after the death. The book is, most of all, a series of acts of understanding. The poems are impelled by a passion to know and a freedom to follow wherever the truth may seem to lead. The book goes into areas of feeling and experience rarely entered in poetry. The ebullient language, the startling, far-reaching images, the sense of extraordinary connectedness seize us immediately. Sharon Olds transforms a harsh reality with truthfulness, with beauty, with humor--and without bitterness.

The deep pain in The Father arises from a death, and from understanding a life. But there is joy as well. In the end, we discover we have been reading not a grim accounting but an inspiriting tragedy, transcending the personal. The radiance and daring that have always distinguished Sharon Olds' work find here their most powerful expression.

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