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Sharon Olds, “Diagnosis”

January 17, 2013 | by

Sharon Olds has won the T. S. Eliot prize for Stag’s Leap, a deeply personal project which she says was inspired in large part by her husband leaving her for a younger woman. The collection, which took Olds fifteen years to write, was praised by the judges as “a tremendous book of grace and gallantry which crowns the career of a world-class poet.” Olds is the first female American poet to win the Eliot prize since its founding, in 1993. Below, Olds reads from Stag’s Leap.



  1. Eira Makepeace | February 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Not sure it was a younger woman, it was his colleague, much the same age as Sharon Olds.

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