• Her best work exhibits a lyrical acuity which is both purifying and redemptive. She sees description as a means to catharsis, and the end result is impossible to forget - her poetry is remarkable for its candour, its eroticism, and its power to move

    David Leavitt
  • The attention to line, the superbly focused detail, the way her autobiographical material strikes, shines, deepens, spreads: this, surely, is the sound the confessional hordes have been trying to utter since Lowell, the right road that is missed so easily

    Glyn Maxwell, Times Literary Supplement
  • Olds remains too little-known in the UK... readers new to her will be astounded

    Kate Clanchy, Independent
  • If any reading is 'essential', this is it

    Carol Rumens

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