Dog Songs: Thirty-Five Dog Songs and One Essay Hardcover – 21 Nov 2013
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"The New York Times"
""Dog Songs"....is a sweet golden retriever of a book that curls up with the reader."
"The New York Times"
""Dog Songs."...is a sweet golden retriever of a book that curls up with the reader."
About the Author
Born in a small town in Ohio, MARY OLIVER published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of twenty-eight. Over the course of her long career, she has received numerous awards. Her fourth book, "American Primitive," won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984. She has led workshops and held residencies at various colleges and universities, including Bennington College, where she held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching. Oliver currently lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
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I'm a Philistine - I'd never heard of Mary Oliver until I read a review of this book. I rarely read poetry. However, I do have a dog, my first ever, and I'm amazed at how he has opened my eyes to nature, to happiness, and to the friendliness of other people and dogs (not to mention sheep, cows, horses, alpacas and geese). I wish I knew what he was scenting when he's out on the moors and why he insists on lying in the coldest, frostiest patch of grass when the wind is blowing me over. The poems in this book go a little way to explaining what goes on in a dog's mind, and a good way into explaining why dogs mean so much to dog lovers.
Inside the reader will find thirty-five poems, mostly short and one prose work about dogs, some of them recently written by author, others a bit older.
It's obvious that Mary Oliver had and still has special relationship with these beloved human friends, which can be seen due to her descriptions of these beautiful animals that are full of love and warmth.
Not all of author's poems are happy, in some reader will find author's heartbreak and grief due to the loss of beloved animal friends who were more to her than just pets.
The book is nicely illustrated with dogs images, beautifully sketched in pencil technique that makes it well-made release that every lover of dogs and poetry, or both, would want to have in her/his collection.
Due to that, this poems collection is more than just collection of some nicely written words about dogs, it's a confirmation that affection between animals and humans can be extremely powerful, and the relationships much deeper than someone who doesn't have a dog can imagine.
And that is why I can fully recommend "Dog Songs", collection of dog poems not only to dog lovers or poetry lovers, but also to all those who by reading it could become ones.
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Lovely poems, as ever, from Mary Oliver. Great gift for dog-loving friend.Published 3 months ago by Mandala