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Sharon Dolin

Publication Year: 2012

Whirlwind is one woman’s frank, witty, mordant, sexy look at the breakup of a marriage and its emotional aftermath. With her characteristic linguistic play and mixture of poetic registers and styles, Sharon Dolin takes her readers on an off-the-tracks emotional ride through the whirlwind that goes by the name of divorce. Hang on tight. Here poems are never merely confessional, but use formal aplomb to ride the white-heat rage, hurt, denial, reflection, regret, wistfulness, desire, and sexual passion as they go hurtling through the many stages of grief after the death of a relationship and the rebirth of a more vital self. Dolin tackles difficult subjects unflinchingly in her poems: such as betrayal and the shame of the one being betrayed, being a parent within a volatile breakup, as well as some startling poems on the reawakening of sexuality and an attention to the natural world and politics. In her poem that won a Pushcart Prize, she dons the mask of the Furies to confront her ex-husband and his lover. A journalist of her own heart, Sharon Dolin has written a brazen collection that seethes with the pressure of a story to tell: cathartic and thrilling in equal measure.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Series: Pitt Poetry Series

Front Cover

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I. Smudging

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pp. 1-30

II. Playing my Part

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pp. 31-54

III. Happiness Is Luck

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pp. 55-72


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pp. 75-76


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pp. 77-78

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780822978404
E-ISBN-10: 0822978407
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822962212
Print-ISBN-10: 0822962217

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Pitt Poetry Series
Series Editor Byline: Ed Ochester See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 830023040
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