Sharon Olds Quotes

The older I get, the more I see the power of that young woman, my mother.

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Poets are like steam valves, where the ordinary feelings of ordinary people can escape and be shown.

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Take your vitamins. Exercise. Just work to love yourself as much as you can - not more than the people around you but not so much less.

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The older I get, the more I feel.

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Baseball is reassuring. It makes me feel as if the world is not going to blow up.

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Writing or making anything-a poem, a bird feeder, a chocolate cake-has self-respect in it. You're working. You're trying. You're not lying down on the ground, having given up.

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There is something in me maybe someday to be written; now it is folded, and folded, and folded, like a note in school.

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.. to a poet, the human community is like the community of birds to a bird, singing to each other. Love is one of the reasons we are singing to one another, love of language itself, love of sound, love of singing itself, and love of the other birds.

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Poems come from ordinary experiences and objects, I think. Out of memory - a dress I lent my daughter on her way back to college; a newspaper photograph of war; a breast self-exam; the tooth fairy; Calvinist parents who beat up their children; a gesture of love; seeing oneself naked over age 50 in a set of bright hotel bathroom mirrors.

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