The Gold Cell (Knopf Poetry Series)

The Gold Cell (Knopf Poetry Series)

A new collection by the much praised poet whose second book THE DEAD AND THE LIVING, was both the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award....

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Title:The Gold Cell (Knopf Poetry Series)
Author:Sharon Olds
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:The Gold Cell (Knopf Poetry Series)
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Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:112 pages pages

The Gold Cell (Knopf Poetry Series) Reviews

  • Zoe
    Apr 17, 2013
    Sometimes you read things and you wish you had read them earlier. Like, I'm not sure how I made it through an Oberlin education without some clove-smoking greasy-haired girl with a tongue stud shoving a book of Sharon Olds poems into my hands, but I did. But I'm glad I've read these po...
  • Kevin
    Apr 26, 2012
    There are so many great lines and so many classic poems in this book, it's like reading a best-of collection. Olds's talent is ridiculous, nearly unreachable in this collection. I read some of these poems and felt changed, like I was absorbing something that could barely fit into me.Th...
  • W.B.
    Jan 20, 2008
    There are always good poems in an Olds collection. There are always cringeworthy poems in an Olds collection. That much said, the books are usually worth owning. I love the one in here written to the pope's penis, and the one about the man with his half-formed brother growing out of hi...
  • Paula
    Aug 07, 2008
    Brilliant but tough to read because the subject matter is so personal; it's borderline confessional poetry. Then again, Olds is known for her frank, raw imagery. This particular volume of poetry is divided into four sections that roughly correspond to four stages of her life: pre-bi...
  • Ken
    May 25, 2014
    Uneven as any collection might be, but much more good than mediocre in this collection. Divided such that early poems deal with her parents, middle with her marriage, and final with her two children. Too bad they cannot be used in middle school classrooms, for the most part, as Olds pr...
  • E
    Jun 01, 2008
    The first time I read this collection of poems, I was shocked out of my socks, and it felt good. The ways that family torments and saves - sometimes simultaneously - is a recurrent feature. Metaphors that strike home. Sometimes, you might feel after finishing one of her poems about fam...
  • Jamie
    Aug 02, 2010
    I think "The Gold Cell" rests more comfortably in the 3.5 star space, but alas. Is this a great volume? Not to my mind. It is a quite good one, very solid in places, and stunning in a few. The thing is, just as it shines brightly in some moments, it falls entirely dull at others. I fou...
  • Kristina
    Aug 07, 2011
    I always feel like I'm reading her diary whenever I open up a book of Sharon Olds' poetry. A juicy, carefully written diary she's left open on my bedside table. ...
  • Ned Ryerson
    Jul 24, 2008
    I guess I'm on a poetry kick. I couldn't really decide how to rate this book because half of the poems are brilliant and half of them kinda suck. So I gave it 4 stars based on the really good ones. There are two specific poems that really stick out in my mind. One is about a young love...
  • Annie
    Jul 09, 2013
    Anthologies are great: It's impossible for every poem in a collection to be amazing, but an anthology is the best of the best, all of the important parts mapped out and easily accessible. But it's also good to wade through a collection on your own, in an order the poet originally inten...
  • Holly
    Sep 01, 2012
    I read this in the late 1980s and thought, "Meh." I recently read Stag's Leap: Poems by Olds and really liked it, so I thought I would reread The Gold Cell and see if I had misjudged it when I read it in my youth. But I still think, "Meh." The language is not nearly as interes...
  • Justin
    Jul 13, 2012
    Good, though somewhat uneven, collection of poems that center on the different stages of life. Some of the poems, like "Summer Solstice, New York City," "The Solution," and "I Go Back to May 1937," are extremely powerful and were deeply moving for me, while a lot of the other ones were...
  • Pascale
    Aug 07, 2012
    I actively avoid reading poetry, perhaps because it annoys me that I imagine the Poet too well as she writes. The Poet is leaning back against a rock outcropping, a pen and notebook in hand, her eyes half-closed, and is taking in the magnificent views and the last few rays of sun on ...
  • Drew
    Nov 15, 2016
    Today I'm not interested in perfection. I'm interested in truth, in viewpoints unconcerned with spin, in observations that have nothing to sell but a humanized reality. Oh, thank you, Sharon Olds. Your poetic ruminations -- of you facing your parents as the troubling creatures they wer...
  • km
    Dec 14, 2010
    there was a girl in my poetry workshop years ago who wrote exactly like olds (minus the awkward references to a man's penis as his "sex") and i was so seethingly, silently jealous of her ...
  • Bryan Brunati
    Jan 27, 2011
    Vulgar, brutal, disturbing, and harrowing images are words I would use to describe Sharon Olds collection of poems "The Gold Cell." And yet I found it to be incredible. Every Poem is injected with real situations and emotions. While some of the subject matters are not pretty the way th...
  • Kelsey Fitzpatrick
    Feb 06, 2011
    Olds does a beautiful job falling between personal experience and generally relatable events. The Gold Cell is broken down into 4 different sections, each with its own personality. A personal favorite of mine is "I go back to May 1937." This poem intensifies a relationship of a girl lo...
  • Bethany
    Nov 14, 2011
    I appreciate that Olds uses material from her life to make a beautiful poem. at times I find the sexual language to be a little too much, though. also at times i feel like the language could be a little more original or she could stray from her comfort zone to discover a different stru...
  • Gabriel Clarke
    Nov 26, 2017
    I actually found the a few poems in the first section (of four) sufficiently awkward to put the book aside for a while. I?m glad I came back to it. The remaining sections, on sex, mortality and motherhood, are rawly emotional and compelling but never slack it uncontrolled and in shar...
  • Roger DeBlanck
    May 21, 2014
    The renown of Sharon Olds?s work is partly due to her ability to have no inhibitions about bearing her soul, especially in regard to sharing the intimacies of her life, whether the subject is carnal love, the ecstasy of love, or the devotional love she has for her children. The other...
  • Danah
    May 11, 2012
    Sharon Old's writing is thematically very deep and raw, and the writing is beautiful while also being harsh. From a technical standpoint, being a writer myself, I like it very much. However, there are only so many poems that need to have sex included in the imagery. Quite frankly, my f...
  • Kiri Stewart
    Feb 19, 2016
    I think this is widely considered to be one of Sharon Olds' best poetry collections, but I wonder if that is in part because it seems to lend itself much more to academic analysis than some of her other collections. Even her book previous to The Gold Cell, "The Dead and The Living," se...
  • Tarn Wilson
    Mar 23, 2019
    She's a remarkable poet. The poems are vivid, original, memorable. The star system is confusing to me. Rating for the world, I think I should give the book a five for skill and power. I marked it down for me because, for where I am at this moment, I found it too disturbing. ...
  • ˗ˏˋ Anna  ˎˊ˗
    Mar 01, 2018
    2.5 - some poems I liked, and overall I liked Olds' writing, but sometimes it felt like it was written just to be shocking. ...
  • Rachelle Jones
    Oct 29, 2014
    The last section is my favorite, I love the way Olds writes about parenthood. I usually skim the middle section, I find her writing about sexuality uncomfortably raw and overdone. I do get a giggle over ?The Pope?s Penis? but I feel a twinge of guilt when I read it. ?The Green ...
  • Brandon Amico
    Sep 09, 2018
    Constantly floored by Olds?s eye for detail, her sentences that flow and buoy the reader along, and her fierceness?whether it be love or anger, sadness or pride, she feels it sharply and puts it on page like no one else. ...
  • Adam Stone
    Aug 05, 2016
    You first see The Gold Cell through binoculars and press clippings. On the longest day of the year, a man is talked down from the roof of a building by concerned police officers. A woman confronts her own racism on a New York city subway. Paramedics save an abandoned baby. A man has a ...
  • nat
    Feb 27, 2018
    3.5 stars: olds is a very talented writer. her poems are only good when they are personal. her objective poems only sounded emotionless and robotic. but her personal poems are extremely raw and harsh and true and the things that a poem should be. i enjoyed reading her story, but i didn...
  • Kaeli
    Apr 22, 2019
    This was a collection of poems that each told there own little story. Most had either one of two themes: family and sex. Each was unique in it's own way but they are unusual as well. Each poem calls attention to serious topics of today's world. In all, each poem wants to remind us of h...
  • Hailey
    Apr 02, 2019
    As I first started reading this book I couldn?t tell if it was going to be kind of hinting at people in the author?s life or just things that are based on her life. It doesn?t really follow a timeline in the beginning from what I could tell but as I got near the end you could tel...