Hard Ass is a daring and bold collection of poetry, filled with passion and anger. McCartney skillfully hones her craft, yet the poet's confessional voice feels raw and honest as if she merely purged her words onto the page. Using weightlifting as a metaphor to explore the poet's inner world and her romantic attachments, McCartney both reinforces and undermines the transcendence of love.
Sharon McCartney is the author of For and Against (2010), The Love Song of Laura Ingalls Wilder (2007), Karenin Sings the Blues (2003) and Under the Abdominal Wall (1999). In 2008 she received the Acorn/Plantos People's Prize for poetry for The Love Song of Laura Ingalls Wilder. She lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick.