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Sharon Olds has published several books of poetry, from her first—Satan Says (1980), in which the above poem appears—to her most recent collection, One Secret Thing (2008). Olds was born in San Francisco and raised in Berkeley. She has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and she has also been recognized with the National Book Critics Circle Award. She currently teaches at New York University.