Poetry. DEATH SENTENCES is Toby Olson's first major collection since Darklight (Shearsman, 2007), and many of the poems herein are addressed to his wife, Miriam, who died, after suffering for years from Alzheimer's disease, in 2014. Many of the other poems, typical of Olson's concerns, stand as celebrations of what is observed, without metaphor or other literary devices intervening. The four series—"Death Sentences," "I Don't Know," "Disturbed" and "Etudes"—are highly structured experiments with the sentence.
Toby Olson has published ten novels, the most recent of which, Tampico, appeared from the University of Texas Press in 2008, and twenty books of poetry. A new novel, Walking, will appear soon from Chatwin Press. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, Olson's novel Seaview received the PEN/Faulkner award for The Most Distinguished Work of American Fiction in 1983. Toby Olson lives in Philadelphia and North Truro, on Cape Cod.Author City: PHILADELPHIA, PA USA