The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

Book - 2017
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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career. Throughout her celebrated career, Mary Oliver has touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verse, expounding on her love for the physical world and the powerful bonds between all living things. Identified as "far and away, this country's best selling poet" by Dwight Garner, she now returns with a stunning and definitive collection of her writing from the last fifty years. Carefully curated, these 200 plus poems feature Oliver's work from her very first book of poetry, No Voyage and Other Poems, published in 1963 at the age of 28, through her most recent collection, Felicity, published in 2015. This timeless volume, arranged by Oliver herself, showcases the beloved poet at her edifying best. Within these pages, she provides us with an extraordinary and invaluable collection of her passionate, perceptive, and much-treasured observations of the natural world.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press/Penguin Random House, 2017
ISBN: 9780399563249
Characteristics: xx, 455 p. ; 25 cm


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Nov 24, 2019

The poem "The Summer Day" selected and read by WHUUF member Felicity Shoulders on 11/24/19 prior to her message, "First, Observe: Permaculture and Paying Attention."

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Feb 06, 2019

Like a lot of other people, I suspect, I took the occasion of Mary Oliver's death a few weeks ago as an excuse to dive into her poetry for the first time in a couple of years. I've been reading this in small chunks at breakfasttime, and it is a complete joy -- I'd forgotten how bright and vivid and alive her poetry is, and how it makes the reader feel the same way. "In Blackwater Woods" is still my favorite of her poems, but there are so many gems in here -- she used words so beautifully, and I will miss her voice.

JCLCherylMY May 05, 2018

Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets. This book contains 200 of her personal favorites spanning 50 years from her oldest work to the most recent. Highly recommend to the seasoned Oliver lover or as an introduction to her wonderful talents.


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