Sharon Olds’s books include Strike Sparks; Selected Poems 1980-2002; The Unswept Room, and The Dead and the Living, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Olds teaches in the graduate creative writing program at New York University, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.
First published in 1980, the classic poetry of Sharon Olds’ Satan Says was introduced into college courses twenty years ago, and still maintains a wide usage today. Few first books have the power or vigor of design of Satan Says. Marilyn Hacker described it as “a daring and elegant first book. This is a poetry which affirms and redeems the art.”