Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career.

Product Code: 6728
ISBN: 9780399563249
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Published Date: 10/10/2017
Pages: 480
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Throughout her celebrated career, Mary Oliver has touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verse, expounding on her love for the physical world and the powerful bonds between all living things. Identified as “far and away, this country’s best selling poet” by Dwight Garner, she now returns with a stunning and definitive collection of her writing from the last fifty years.

Carefully curated, these 200 plus poems feature Oliver’s work from her very first book of poetry, No Voyage and Other Poems, published in 1963 at the age of 28, through her most recent collection, Felicity, published in 2015. This timeless volume, arranged by Oliver herself, showcases the beloved poet at her edifying best. Within these pages, she provides us with an extraordinary and invaluable collection of her passionate, perceptive, and much-treasured observations of the natural world.


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Contents

From Felicity
2015
I Wake Close to Morning
This Morning
The World I Live In
Whistling Swans
Storage
From Tom Shaw S.S.J.E. (1945-2014)
I Know Someone
That Little Beast
The Pond
I Have Just Said
The Gift

From Blue Horses
2014
After Readinf Lucretius, I Go To The Pond
I Don’t Want To Be Demure or Respectable
Stebbin’s Gulch
Franz Marc’s Blue Horses
On Meditating, Sort Of
Loneliness
Do Stones Feel?
Drifting
Blueberries
The Vulture’s Wings
What Gorgeous Thing

From Dog Songs
2013
The Storm
Percy (One)
Little Dog’s Rhapsody In The Night (Percy Three)
Percy (Nine)
Benjamin, Who Came From Who Knows Where
The Dog Has Run Off Again
Bazougey
Her Grave
The Poetry Teacher
The First Time Percy Came Back

From A Thousand Mornings
2012
I Go Down To The Shore
I Happened To Be Standing
Three Things To Remember
Lines Written In The Days Of Growing Darkness
An Old Story
The Instant
Tides
The Poet Compares Human Nature To The Ocean From Which We Came
Life Story
Varanasi

From Evidence
2009
Violets
We Shake With Joy
It Was Early
With Thanks To The Field Sparrow, Whose Voice Is So Delicate And Humble
A Lesson From James Wright
Almost A Conversation
To Begin With, The Sweet Grass
Evidence
Prayer
Mysteries, Yes
At The River Clarion

From The Truro Bear and Other Adventures
2008
The Other Kingdoms
The Gift
Coyote In The Dark, Coyotes Remembered

From Red Bird
2008
Night Herons
Mornings At Blackwater
The Orchard
Sometimes
Invitation
From This River, When I Was A Child, I Used To Drink
We Should Be Well Prepared
Meadowlark Sings and I Greet Him In Return
Of The Empire
Red
Night And The River
Self-Portrait
With The Blackest Of Inks

From Thirst
2006
When I Am Among The Trees
When The Roses Speak, I Pay Attention
Six Recognitions Of The Lord
Gethsemane
The Poet Thinks About The Donkey
Praying
Doesn’t Every Poet Write A Poem About Unrequited Love?
On Thy Wonderous Works I Will Meditate (Psalm 145)
The Chat
Thirst

From New and Selected Poems: Volume Two
2005
Hum
Lead
Oxygen
White Heron Rises Over Blackwater
Honey Locust
Song For Autumn
Fireflies
The Poet With His Face In His Hands
Wild, Wild
North Country
Terns

From Blue Iris
2004
Why I Wake Early
Spring At Blackwater: I Go Through The Lessons Already Learned
Mindful
Lingering In Happiness
Daisies
Goldenrod, Late Fall
The Old Poets of China
Logos
Snow Geese
At Black River
Beans
The Arrowhead
Where Does The Temple Begin, Where Does It End?

From Long Life
2004
Just As The Calendar Began To Say Summer
Can You Imagine?
Softest of Mornings
Carrying The Snake to The Garden

FromOwls and Other Fantasies
2003
The Dipper Spring
While I AM Writing A Poem To Celebrate Summer, The Meadowlark Begins To Sing
Catbird
Backyard

From what Do We Know
2002
Summer Poem
The Loon
Winter At Herring Cove
Mink
Blue Iris
You Are Standing At The Edge Of The Woods
The Roses
Stones
One Hundred White-Sided Dolphins On A Summer Day

From The Leaf and The Cloud
2000
Flare
From The Book Of Time

FromWest Wind
1997
Have You Ever Tried To Enter The Long Black Branches
SEVEN White Butterflied
At Round Pond
Black Oaks
Am I Not Among The Early Risers
Fox
From The Poem “West Wind”

FromWhite Pine
1994
May
Yes! No!
In Pobiddy, Georgia
Porcupine
Wrens
Mockingbirds
I Found A Dead Fox
Morning Glories
August
Toad
I Looked Up
The Sea Mouse

FromNew and Selected Poems: Volume One
1992
The Sun
Goldenrod
When Death Comes
Whelks
Goldfinches
Poppies
Water Snake
White Flowers
Peonies
The Egret
Rice
Rain
Picking Blueberries, Austerlitz, New York, 1957
October

From House of Light
1990
Some Questions You Might Ask
The Buddha’s Last Instruction
The Summer Day
Spring
Little Owl Who Lives In The Orchard
The Kookaburras
Roses, Late Summer
White Owl, Flies Into And Out Of The Field
Singapore
The Hermit Crab
The Kingfisher
The Swan
Turtle
The Loon On Oak-Head Pond
Five A.M. In The Pinewoods
Some Herons

FromDream Work
1986
One Or Two Things
Morning Poem
Wild Geese
Shadows
The Journey
Poem
Two Kinds Of Deliverance
Black Snakes
1945-1985: Poem For The Anniversary
The Sunflowers

FromAmerican Primitive
1983
August
The Kitten
Moles
Clapp’s Pond
First Snow
Ghosts
Skunk Cabbage
The Snakes
White Night
The Fish
Humpbacks
A meeting
The Roses
Blackberries
Tecumseh
In Blackwater Woods

FromThree Rivers Poetry Journal
And “Three Poems For James Wright”
1982
At Blackwater Pond
The Rabbit
Three Poems For James Wright

FromTwelve Moons
1979
Sleeping In The Forest
Snakes in Winter
Music Lessons
Entering The Kingdom
The Night Traveler
Beaver Moon-The Suicide Of A Friend
Last Days
The Black Snake
The Truro Bear
Mussels
Snow Moon-Black Bear Gives Birth
Strawberry Moon
Pink Moon-The Pond
Aunt Leaf
Farm Country
The Lamps

FromThe River Styx, Ohio
1972
Learning About The Indians
Going To Walden
Night Flight

FromNo Voyage And Other Poems
1963 and 1965
No Voyage
Jack
Beyond The Snow Belt
The Swimming Lesson
On Winter’s Margin
The Return
Morning In A New Land
Acknowledgements
Index of Titles and First Lines
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