Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — New and Selected Poems, Vol. New and Selected Poems, Vol. Mary Oliver has been writing poetry for nearly five decades, and in that time she has become America's foremost poetic voice on our experience of the physical world.
This collection presents forty-two new poems-an entire volume in itself-along with works chosen by Oliver from six of the books she has published since New and Selected Poems, Volume One. Paperback , pages. Published April 1st by Beacon Press first published National Book Award for Poetry To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about New and Selected Poems, Vol.
Which volume has When Death Comes? See 1 question about New and Selected Poems, Vol. Lists with This Book. Jan 09, Katie rated it it was amazing. Right in the middle of her mostly human-less poems, there's one that says that if only Donald Rumsfeld would crawl out of the President's armpit and play with her little dog, he would be, for a moment, a rational man. I laughed out loud.
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An insult a career in the making. Black bears, lilies, wild geese, ants, fields, rivers, trees, and Donald Rumsfeld in the President's armpit. Thank you for all that you do, Mary Oliver. May 20, Nathaniel rated it really liked it Shelves: This volume of poetry is supremely accessible. While it would be exhausting and difficult to read straight through a volume by most poets, I glided from cover to cover of this book in less than two hours.
Oliver is so gentle and transparent with her readers, whom she directly addresses with great frequency, that it feels as if she is holding your hand on a guided tour with dogs through a country side full of singing birds and somehow not depressingly animal carcasses.
Since a search for meani This volume of poetry is supremely accessible. Since a search for meaning can be fatiguing and fruitless , Oliver makes absolutely certain that her readers know what she is up to, both in terms of her aesthetics and her mission. As I quote her, I will not be including tiny slashes to indicate line breaks, since she tends to write in fairly conventional and complete sentences and since her line breaks rarely warrant special attention: She is not ashamed to find ordinary things miraculous and to exhort people to "look" and to "listen" with the conviction that doing so is a life-saving or, at least, mood-elevating endeavor.
In this regard, she is a bit like a no frills Rilke, a less philosophical Annie Dillard or an aerated and slightly less overtly Christ-obsessed Gerard Manley Hopkins.follow link
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Also, she is a bit like Francis Ponge, especially in her comfort with prose and her love for humble subjects. I absolutely love everyone that I just compared her to and was impressed that she reminded me only of writers I devour and never of ones that I reject. Her dogged humility somehow makes her leaps of spirit more lovable and open, especially because she has an endearing habit of back peddling, now and then, after particularly bold or poetic comparisons, as if to make sure that her readers remember that she is not taking her words as seriously as she is taking her mission.
For instance, "At my feet the white-petaled daisies display the small suns of their center-piece, their--if you don't mind my saying so--their hearts. Of course I could be wrong, perhaps their hearts are pale and narrow and hidden in the roots.
What do I know. Various things happened next. A fairly long list, I won't go into it. They also soften the more critical edge of her worldview. And for a concluding line, how is "Be ignited, or be gone. This volume was enough of a pleasure that I will read more of Oliver and I would recommend giving this volume to anyone: It doesn't matter how she wrote, because she's clearly turned into a voice of affirmation, encouragement and wonder. Dec 31, Kara rated it it was amazing Shelves: May 28, Leigh rated it it was amazing.
I love this woman -- the way she thinks, the way she sees the world. The way she teaches us to be attentive: Dec 03, Roger DeBlanck rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mary Oliver is the astonished, celebratory observer of the natural world. Her poems are like benedictions and prayers.
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She is generous in giving back to the world all the love, passion, and wonder it has produced in her. She immerses herself in opportunities to experience joy and know compassion. She announces her admiration and devotion for the existence of all living things, and she yearns to gain the keenest of lessons from the cycles of nature on how to live life to its fullest.
Her poems are also like reveries where she confesses her willingness to transform herself into the elemental grandeur and mystery of the natural world.
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Aug 09, Arta rated it really liked it Shelves: Life so far doesn't have any other name but breath and light, wind and rain. Mary Oliver's poems are inspired by nature. She writes about birds, dogs, trees, sometimes people or a certain sentiment, but somehow I could relate to almost all of them. Her poems are so positive, sometimes bitter-sweet, but th "But mostly I just stand in the dark field, in the middle of the world, breathing in and out.
Her poems are so positive, sometimes bitter-sweet, but they make me feel good or smile. If you're new to poetry, like myself, I would definitely recommend Mary Oliver's poetry.
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Especially the first volume. Poems I very much enjoyed: Aug 24, Jenny rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have been trying to find a poet I like, and Mary Oliver is probably one of my current favorites.
This collection is beautiful in all senses the word can be used; I normally find nature poems and stories hard to get into, but Oliver uses nature and living creatures to illuminate the self or the "soul". You must be logged in to post a review. There are no reviews for the current version of this product Refreshing There are no reviews for previous versions of this product.
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