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A divorce told through poetry wins TS Eliot prize

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A collection of poems about the end of a marriage has won this year's TS Eliot poetry prize.

Sharon Olds wrote the poems decades ago but did not publish them. She is 70 years old now and her children have grown up, so she says she felt the time was right - and the judges agreed.

Speaking to the Today programme, Sharon Olds said: "I wrote the poems around the time the events were taking place, but I said to my kids, 'don't worry, I won't do a book for at least 10 years'.

"I wanted them to have their own experience of this event and not have to think about what was being written about it.

"I let them know that it was coming, and they hadn't asked me not to do it."

Sharon Olds also read aloud one of the poems from the collection - which is called Stag's Leap.


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