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Thirst [Paperback]

Mary Oliver
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10 Sep 2007
Mary Oliver is one of America's best-loved poets. Her luminous poetry celebrates nature and beauty, love and the spirit, silence and wonder, extending the visionary American tradition of Whitman, Emerson, Frost and Emily Dickinson. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, she has lived for many years on Cape Cod. Her extraordinary poetry is nourished by her intimate knowledge and minute daily observation of the New England coast, its woods and ponds, its birds and animals, plants and trees. Her latest collection THIRST introduces two new directions in her work. Grappling with grief at the death of her beloved partner of over 40 years, she strives to experience sorrow as a path to spiritual progress, grief as part of loving and not its end. And in THIRST Mary Oliver chronicles for the first time her discovery of faith, without abandoning the love of the physical world that has been a hallmark of her work for four decades. In three of the book's stunning long poems, she explores the dimensions and tests the parameters of religious doctrine.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd (10 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852247762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852247768
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Oliver moves by instinct, faith, and determination. She is among out finest poets, and still growing. --ALICIA OSTRIKER, The Nation

These are life-enhancing and redemptive poems that coax the sublime from the subliminal. --SALLY CONNOLLY, Poetry

I think of Oliver as a fierce, uncompromising lyricist, a loyalist of the marshes. Hers is a voice we desperately need. --MAXINE KUMIN, Women's Review of Books

About the Author

MARY OLIVER was born in Maple Heights, Ohio in 1935. Her first collection American Primitive (1983) won a Pulitzer Prize. It was followed by books including Dream Work (1986), House of Light (1990), New and Selected Poems (1992), White Pine (1994), West Wind (1997), Winter Hours (1999), The Leaf and the Cloud (2000), What Do We Know (2002), Owls and Other Fantasies (2003), Why I Wake Early (2004), Blue Iris (2004), New and Selected Poems: volume two (2005), and a CD recording, At Blackwater Pond: Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver (2005). Bloodaxe published her first UK selection, Wild Geese: Selected Poems, in 2004,followed by her later collections, Thirst (2007), Red Bird (2008) and Evidence (2009). Mary Oliver is America's biggest selling contemporary poet. She holds the Catherine Osgood Foster Chair at Bennington College, Vermont, and lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thirst-quenching! 1 Mar 2008
By Seeker
This is the first book of Mary Oliver's poems I've read and have bought some others as a result. Her words transported me to moments of real depth and honesty. I found my 'thirsty soul' moved and refreshed by such poems as 'The Place I Want To Get Back To' and 'When I Am Among The Trees'. A book to read and return to!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 8 July 2009
Stunning collection and great food for the soul.

Reads as very honest, raw emotion and a deep searching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OMG 12 Jan 2013
By Donny
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It has been a delight and a wonder to 'discover' Mary Oliver for myself. She says things I have always 'known' but says them with such gentle precision I am left shaking my head in wonder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is al4ready a classic 2 Dec 2013
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I love all Mary Oliver's poems and wanted to give this book to a friend for Christmas. I know she will enjoy it.
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