Following her recent Odes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet gives us radical new poems of intimate life and political conscience, of race and class and a mother's violence.The atom bomb, Breaking Bad, Rasputin, the cervix, her mother's return from the dead: the peerless Sharon Olds once again takes up subject matter that is both difficult and ordinary, elusive and everywhere. Each aria is shaped by its unique harmonics and moral logic, as Olds stands center stage to sing of sexual pleasure and chance wisdom, and faces the tragic life of our nation and our planet. "I cannot say I did not ask / to be born," begins one aria, which considers how, with what actions, with what thirst, we each ask for a turn, and receive our portion on earth. Olds delivers these pieces with all the passion, anguish, and solo force that make a great performance, in the process enlarging the soul of her reader.

Arias Details

ReleaseOct 15th, 2019
PublisherKnopf Publishing Group

Arias Review

  • Kivrin Engle
    January 1, 1970
    Sharon Olds writes the most brilliant, visceral poetry, each word biting into the page. Arias is her strongest collection yet. Her well-crafted sentences beg to be read aloud. And so I do. While walking the length of my hardwood floor, book held aloft, I sing out the words, devouring and delivering each piece with the unflinching, unwavering passion of Old’s compelling voice.
  • Matthew
    January 1, 1970
  • Vanessa Perry
    January 1, 1970
    Ready to read
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