Review of Satan Says (Pitt Poetry Series) by Sharon Olds

Satan Says (Pitt Poetry Series) by Sharon Olds

Review: I once read a couple of Sharon Olds poems in a college poetry class I took last year, but since then I have been wanting to read more. I was super happy that I scored this book at a used bookstore and then immediately started reading it. Sadly this book was way to short for me, but had what I refer to as the uncomfortable poetry that I know Olds for. Which I kind of love that her poems make my skin crawl.

Favorite quote: N/A

Would I? Reread? Yes. Tell others to check this book out? Maybe.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Edition: Paperback, 72 pages.


Published June 30th 1980 by University of Pittsburgh Press.


Poems examine life as a child, a woman, and a mother; death; and our relationship to the world. This book, Olds’s first, was published when she was 37, and it launched her Pulitzer-winning career.

I am trying to write my
way out of the closed box
redolent of cedar. Satan
comes to me in the locked box
and says, I’ll get you out. Say
My father is a shit. I say

my father is a shit and Satan
laughs and says, It’s opening.

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