Sharon Olds - Quotes

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At one point I took on a new job, and I just didn't have time to do anything but work. ---->>>

Their spirits and their visions are embodied in their craft. And so is mine. It's not Jane Saw Puff. But the clarity of Jane Saw Puff is precious to me. ---->>>

I wish I wrote more about the world at more distance from myself. ---->>>

So I did quit coffee and I did quit smoking. But I haven't managed that with drinking! ---->>>

I'm not sure that the benefit - as a writer and as a citizen - that I would get from reading at least the front page of the Times every day or every other day would outweigh the depression. ---->>>

My poems - I don't even like the sound of that, in a way. Not that anyone else wrote them. But we know that only people who are really close to us care about our personal experience. ---->>>

The older I get, the more I feel almost beautiful. ---->>>

Maybe we can use a metaphor for it, out of dance. I think for many years I was aware of the need, in dance and in life, to breathe deeply and to take in more air than we usually take in. ---->>>

There are some fine books and essays about that. Lewis Hyde has written about alcoholism and poets and the role that society gives its writers - encouraging them to die. ---->>>

I think that there are fiction writers for whom that works well. I could never do it. I feel as if, by the time I see that it's a poem, it's almost written in my head somewhere. ---->>>

Many poets write books. They'll tell you: Well, I've got my next book, but there are two poems I need to write, one about x, one about y. This is a wonder to me. ---->>>

The decision for me was whether to have 'The Father' be a book that told a story - from the point of view of this speaker, the daughter - without, as in the earlier books, then having a section on something else and a section on something else. ---->>>

I didn't have time to sit down and look at the work of a year and choose what to type. ---->>>

I think this is true for all artists. My senses are very important to me. ---->>>

If I wrote in a sonnet form, I would be distorting. Or if I had some great new idea for line breaks and I used it in a poem, but it's really not right for that poem, but I wanted it, that would be distorting. ---->>>

I was very afraid that I wouldn't be able to do this job well. And the time never came back. ---->>>

I'm probably so out of it at my age that I don't know what people think. ---->>>

It might be a bad thing, not to know what's going on in the world. I can't say I really approve of it. ---->>>

This creature of the poem may assemble itself into a being with its own centrifugal force. ---->>>

Well, 'The Wellspring' was written from 1983 to 1986. And it had a section in the beginning that was poems that began from others' experience. ---->>>

Well, one thing I'm really interested in, when I'm writing, is being accurate. ---->>>

When I quit all these things and said I didn't have any time, I meant I didn't have any time. ---->>>

The amount of horror one used to hear about in one village could be quite extreme. But one might not have heard about all the other villages' horrors at the same time. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: 11-19, 1942
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, US
Occupation: Poet

Sharon Olds (born November 19, 1942) is an American poet. Olds has been the recipient of many awards including the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award, and the first San Francisco Poetry Center Award in 1980 She currently teaches creative writing at New York University (wikipedia)