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New And Selected Poems: 2 [Hardcover]

Mary Oliver
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Jan 2006
Understand, I am always trying to figure out
what the soul is,
and where hidden,
and what shape-

New and Selected Poems, Volume Two, an anthology of forty-two new poems-an entire volume in itself-and sixty-nine poems hand-picked by Mary Oliver from six of her last eight books, is a major addition to a career in poetry that has spanned nearly five decades. Now recognized as an unparalleled poet of the natural world, Mary Oliver writes with unmatched dexterity and a profound appreciation for the divergence and convergence of all living things.

Mary Oliver is always searching for the soul of things. In poem after poem, her investigations go from the humble green bean that nourishes her and makes her wonder if "something/-I can't name it-watches as I walk the/rows, accepting the gift of their lives/to assist mine" to the vast, untouchable bliss of "things you can't reach./But you can reach out to them, and all day long./The wind, the bird flying away./The idea of God." Oliver's search grows and is informed by experience, meditation, perception, and discernment. And all the while, during her quest, she is constantly surprised and fortified by joy.

This graceful volume, designed to be paired with New and Selected Poems, Volume One, includes new poems on birds, toads, flowers, insects, bodies of water, and the extraordinary experience of the everyday in our lives. In the words of Alicia Ostriker,'Mary Oliver moves by instinct, faith, and determination. She is among our finest poets, and still growing.' In both the older and new poems, Mary Oliver is a poet at the height of her control of image and language.
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Product details

  • Hardcover: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Pr; Slp Ltd edition (Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080706890X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807068908
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 16.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,647,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Poems to draw us back to what really matters. 22 Jan 2014
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A clear, sensitive but unsentimental voice drawing us back to the things that really matter. Like much great writing it puts into words what we have always known but which has been too long out of sight. See also her 'Poetry Handbook' for insights into the structure of creative writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Oliver volume 2 10 Jun 2013
By cara
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Book arrived on time and in excellent condition..More poems by my favourite poet...She describes nature in a vivd,descriptive way..I would recommend it to anyone..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Present for Aunt 30 Nov 2013
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My aunt loved the book and was delighted to receive it after having enjoyed the first book by Mary Oliver
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5.0 out of 5 stars She Explores The Natural World In Beautiful Words! 15 Dec 2005
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Mary Oliver's poems are masterful creations that resonate in my mind and heart each time I read them. Her language is soulful; her imagery brillant. She is a master craftsman who builds each poem precisely.

Her poems talk of so many things in the natural world; she distills each to its barest essence and allows us the enjoyment of sharing it; I always feel as though she invites me to come along to discover these sacred sights and insights found in nature.

The poems in this collection explore and reveal the essence of fireflies, moss, the stars, the toad, the owl, Daisies, beans, the cricket, the Black Bear, the seasons, Blackwater (a place), the Soul and many other creatures and their habitats.

She is a sublime poet of the natural world and this collection is superb!

I recommend it to anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Oliver is magical 16 Feb 2007
By Helena - Published on
I have about 5 of her poetry books. I feel that her poetry has gotten more and more beautiful over time, and believe that this collection is better than Volume 1. Mary Oliver is definitely my favorite poet - much of her writing is about a thirst for growth and spirituality, and finding peace in nature and love (friendships and relationships). I have given this book to a number of friends, who are also touched by her gift of expressing the unexpressable. Some of my favorite poems in this book: the Percy series (her dog), Why I Wake Early, and The Whistler.

My other favorite book of Mary Oliver poems is her most recent one: "Thirst". It deals with grief at the lost of her long-time partner and is quite beautiful. For those looking for a really good book of poems in general, I *definitely* recommend "Good Poems," compiled by Garrison Keillor; and "Risking Everything: 110 Poems of Love and Redemption" compiled by Roger Housden. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be Ignited Or Be Gone 10 April 2007
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The Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Mary Oliver, finishes her poem,"What Have I Learned So Far" with the line, 'Be ignited, or be gone.'To me, this conveys the passion she brings to life and poetry. What comes through clearly in her poems is her reverence for nature.

New and Selected Poems, Volume Two, is a moving collection of her past works combined with many new poems. There is a Zen isness that permeates her work.Haiku like parsimony with no embellishment. Nature does not need anything extra. For example, writing about what she saw after a storm -

And this detail: the body of a duck, a golden-eye; and beside

it one black-backed gull. In the body of the duck, among the breast

feathers, a hole perhaps an inch across; the color within the hole

a shouting red. And bend it as you might, nothing was to blame:

storms must toss, and the great black-backed gawker must eat, and

so on. It was merely a moment.

I recently saw Mary Oliver at the 92nd Street 'Y' in New York City where she was reading from this collection. See her if you can. She reads as she writes, with dignity and with passion and wisdom. This is an extraordinary collection of poems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing, absorbing poetry 14 July 2007
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I love Mary Oliver's poetry - it always puts me into a better frame of mind, and makes me slow down and breathe. Her poetry is so lyrical and evocative, I am transported straight to the wonderful natural world, and am able to view my struggles and petty difficulties through a calming and peaceful lens. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys poetry, and to anyone who hasn't yet fallen in love with poetry - Mary Oliver is one of the best poets ever, in my opinion!
5.0 out of 5 stars Nature comes alive 17 May 2014
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Mary loves nature and sees the beauty, grace and salvation in each creation. Step back, sit down and explore what surrounds us (and we probably don't even notice), through Mary's eyes and touching words.
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