Product Code: 4934
ISBN: 9780807069059
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Pages: 88
Published Date: 09/14/2010
Availability:In stock
Price: $16.00

Never afraid to shed the pretense of academic poetry, never shy of letting the power of an image lie in unadorned language, Mary Oliver offers us poems of arresting beauty that reflect on the power of love and the great gifts of the natural world. Inspired by the familiar lines from William Wordsworth, "To me the meanest flower that blows can give / Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears," she uncovers the evidence presented to us daily by nature, in rivers and stones, willows and field corn, the mockingbird's "embellishments," or the last hours of darkness.

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Heart Poem
Prince Buzzard
Li Po and the Moon
Thinking of Swirler
Snowy Egret
Then Bluebird Sang
We Shake with Joy
The Poet Always Carries a Notebook
More Honey Locust
It Was Early
If You Say It Right, It Helps the Heart to Bear It
Empty Branch in the Orchard
A Lesson from James Wright
Deep Summer
Almost a Conversation
There Are a Lot of Mockingbirds in This Book
At the Pond
To Begin With, the Sweet Grass
With Thanks to the Field Sparrow, Whose Voice Is So Delicate and Humble
Landscape in Winter
I Want to Write Something So Simply
I Am Standing
Moon and Water
When I Was Young and Poor
At the River Clarion
Philip’s Birthday
I Want
About Angels and About Trees
Meeting Wolf
Just Rain
Mysteries, Yes
First Days in San Miguel de Allende
The Trees
Broken, Unbroken
The Singular and Cheerful Life
Another Summer Begins

“A ‘nature’ poet in the league of Wordsworth, whose poetry is said to have inspired this volume. . . There is still almost audible excitement in her literary voice, but her nature mysticism seems to have reached a stage more of stillness—a quiet that is not so much a quality as a presence that informs most of her images . . . A subtle collection that sometimes teaches but never preaches. All the usual Oliver themes—the divine in the physical world, the importance of having loved, the power and consolation of words—are present.” —Tim Pfaff, Bay Area Reporter

“Gloriously alive, inquisitive, and welcoming. A prolific and cherished poet, [Oliver] makes readers feel as though they’ve been part of the quest for wisdom and grace she records in her lucid, giving, prayerful poems . . . Gratitude is the mode here, and sustained attention is the vehicle . . . Within each lifting lyric, Oliver declares all of life holy.” —Donna Seaman, Booklist

“I think of Oliver as a fierce, uncompromising lyricist, a loyalist of the marshes. Hers is a voice we desperately need.” —Maxine Kumin

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