Today, after 50 years of academic assimilation, one finds little poetry that stands up well to Sylvia Plath's urgent retort to patriarchy, militarism and domesticity.
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Very few poets match Sharon Olds in the discipline she brings to her best work. You can't be human and read the poems in her collection Stag's Leap, which last week won the T.S. Eliot prize for poetry, and not sometimes hear yourself gasp.
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