In The Long Night of Flying, Sharon Olson’s engaging first collection, the reader is taken on a journey into a world of vulnerability, incipience, and mystery. There is a textured richness in the poet’s tenaciously precise take on the world around us, whether its subject matter is the theft of a Vermeer, an indictment of the brutalities of war, or the loss of the poet’s brother in the crash of a small plane. “Awash as we are in so much self-regard with its own closed world and banal speech, it’s bracing, it’s heartening to enter this gathering of true poems”—John Felstiner. “Read Sharon Olson's poems aloud to someone you love. Passionate, finely nuanced, and precise, these poems' surprising turns take you somewhere new”—Frances Mayes. “Like a bird, Sharon Olson flies us over western civilization--its art and its history--stopping here and there to collect bits with which to weave her idiosyncratic travelogue. Her eye probes unlit crevices and finds its morsel in the shadows, and her ear is tuned to the music playing even amidst the white noise of loss”—Lucia Perillo.