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  • Paperback: 67 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (MA) (15 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807068756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807068755
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 0.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 738,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some excellent bird poems and a brilliant essay on owls. I came across Mary Oliver's poetry when I went on a bird walk with a National Park Ranger in Tuolumne Meadows in California last summer. He read out The Dipper in the course of the walk and everybody was captivated by it. I simply cannot understand why she is not better known in Britain.
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Great gift! 21 April 2008
By Lydia - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book for a birder friend that never reads poetry and she absolutely loves the book! The book is filled with the sights, sounds, and imagery of nature (in both essay and poetry) as only Mary Oliver can breathe them into life through uncomplicated words and a genuine love of all things.
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Before discovering Mary Oliver, I was not much of a poetry fan. However, her poems and essays, to me, are food for my soul. I am a birder, and this particular collection is one of my favorites. She writes simply and her observations speak to the beauty, the danger and the mystery of nature.
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Owls an Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays 8 Aug. 2010
By Lois Lambert - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was recommended by a priest. It has very subtle Biblical references, but you won't notice that if you are not looking. The poems and essays are wonderful and I highly recommend the book.
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Beautiful and touching. 18 Aug. 2008
By D. Youssef - Published on Amazon.com
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As always, Mary Oliver does not disappoint. She is my favorite living poet. Her observations of nature and her beautiful way of expressing them touch something deep inside.
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Found by accident, loved and cherished. 14 Sept. 2012
By Paul A. Wunderlich - Published on Amazon.com
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I was through looking for pictures of owls that I found one of Marry Oliver's poems. I was struck by the imagery she portrays and by the mouth-dropping metaphors and almost seamless way of making you flow with the read.

She has particularly two details that I appreciate very much from her writing:

1.) She plays vividly with light and darkness, creating an assorted array of contrasts that lets you intake the imagery as if you were there, watching what she did when she was struck by the arrow of poetic thinking.

2.) She has this most assuring way of dealing with death; death doesn't seem to bother her nor does it seem to be regarded as right and wrong, it simply is--like the keeper of life and the taker of it, too. She admires how death takes what it must but respects what life must keep in order to maintain balance. I think it's this particular characteristic that especially calls upon my attention and that lures me to keep on reading her writings.
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