Playing With Fire

olds.jpgMichael Ondaatje has called Sharon Olds’ poetry “pure fire in the hands.” The Raven is no poetry maven — even if he does rhyme all of the time — but he would agree with the author of The English Patient. Switching back to first person so as to no longer sound like a man who scores touchdowns for a living, I would say that Strike Sparks, a collection 117 of her finest poems drawn from seven published volumes, is perhaps the finest book of poems I own.

That may not be saying much, but don’t hold my meager offerings against the plucky River City Books poetry book club, which will discuss “Strike Sparks” at its next meeting. For those who have not followed along, the club will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, in the store’s downstairs meeting area.

Remember: Participants receive 20 percent off selected titles. 

(And you can be a participant even if this is your first time.)

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