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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd (10 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852248114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852248116
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 0.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,961 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 latest work in 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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A beatiful collection of poems. Mary Oliver has always enguaged our inner life with the natural world but now seems to do so in a yet more direct and powerful way.
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Mary Oliver is my favourite poet so not surprisingly I love the edition of her poems. Very accessible poetry with an earthy connection to nature.
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Lovely poetry. I like all of Mary Oliver's books and this is no exception
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HASH(0x8d0d1150) out of 5 stars The Extraordinary Voice of the Ordinary World 6 May 2008
By Sandy Carlson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Are you familiar with the poetry of Mary Oliver?" I asked a student once in the hope of beginning a conversation on the poem "Wild Geese," a gem that contains the lines

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.

en route to the statement "Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,/the world offers itself to your imagination." This was the line I wanted in the hope of beginning a conversation on inspiration.

"I think so," the young woman squinted, the better to scan a distant memory. "I think that's the lady who writes about, like, her dog, Percy, I think and trees. That her?"

"You can start there," I said. "And you will get to Mary Oliver."

Because Mary Oliver's poetry is about this moment in this world in this light in this weather, alone or with the dog or on the way to something or nothing. It's about being here and loving it.

I believe there is nothing worth saying about Mary Oliver. Better to spend the time reading her work, or revisiting the magic of the landscape of your life.

Her new collection Red Bird is her 12th volume of published poems. Here she speaks to the beauty of the ordinary, the environment, and the people of the world who suffer at the hands of those who love power.

The world offers itself to your imagination. Accept the invitation and walk with this wonderful woman from Provincetown, Massachusetts.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d1f8b58) out of 5 stars Present Moment Beauty 2 May 2008
By Jacqueline Woodland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
How beautifully we are invited in this most beautiful of Mary Oliver's books, to cease our restless strivings, to simply stand still, to listen, to watch, and to breathe in in gratitude for all that Life presents! Her words paint the invitation for us in tones that are sometimes as gentle as water-colours, sometimes as vibrant as a rich oil painting, revealing her awareness in the moment, telling us so much about her own love for life in all its forms. One of her great gifts is that ability to draw us to her as well as to the miracle of life around us, so that we have the feeling of walking the same path with her in companionable joy each moment. - It has been a great read, one that has brought much peace and a feeling of tranquillity and wellbeing to my spirit.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d1f8888) out of 5 stars "Red Bird" Fly's 3 April 2008
By Barbara Levinson - Published on Amazon.com
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Mary Oliver's simple, spiritual, nature infused poetry was never better. She teaches us all to watch all the details of Gods creations without preaching. We learn from the movement of her poetry, to recognize a cardinal when he lands, to know the names of all of natures wonders: pine needles and prairie dogs, cypress and elm,and we love the class as we learn. She faces life's curve balls with the wit and eye of a portrait painter who sees the tattered dress she wears as a badge not a burden. And she is aging so gracefully. I hope I do as well.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ce2f0cc) out of 5 stars Extraordinary and Compelling 25 Nov. 2008
By Jeannie B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I had the privilege of seeing Mary Oliver in person; her physical appearance was so like her poetry. Human, present, honest and brilliant. A woman asked her a question, then the woman began to cry and the audience came to a slightly embarrassed quiet. Mary called out "Are you crying?" The woman barely answered, but one could hear her say "yes". "Good for you" said Mary, which just about brought the house down with sympathy and relief.
This was shortly after her partner died; the book is full of her courage, grief and ability to recognize the wonders in life even as her heart is aching. A must read for every woman who has ever expressed a love of poetry.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ce640d8) out of 5 stars Love this book! 20 May 2010
By H - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best books by Mary Oliver I've read. If you want to read some great work by an award winning poet, this is the place to start.

A few lines from this book:

"I was surrounded by the beautiful crying forth of the ideas of God. One of which was you."

"Put your lips to the world and live your life."

The poems in the books are largely nature inspired, but there is more. There is a poem about Iraq, Our culture, her dog Percy. All these poems are great, fun, light spirited and deep.

Mary Oliver has a simple way of personifying nature, and life that make her poetry easy to read, relatable, and unpretentious.

Her poetry is inspiring, and more so in this book than any of her others that I have read.
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