Blue Pastures

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Harcourt Brace, 1995 - Nature - 122 pages
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With consummate craftsmanship, Mary Oliver has fashioned fifteen luminous prose pieces: of nature, of writing, of herself and those around her. She praises Whitman ("the brother I did not have") and denounces cuteness ("we are, none of use, cute"). She notes where the extraordinary is to be found ("it is more likely to stick to the risk-taker than the ticket-taker") and extols solitude ("creative work needs the whole sky to fly in, and no eye watching until it comes to that certainty which it aspires to"). Nature speaks to her, and she speaks to nature ("I put my face close to the lily, where it stands just above the grass, and give it a good greeting from the stem of my heart").

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User Review  - Susanne - Goodreads

Blue Pastures is a compilation of essays, some of them published previously someplace else. They are all about nature, poetry, Mary Oliver and after reading them all, I understood, that she led us ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jared Della Rocca - Goodreads

This is poetry for beginners, and I mean that in the good way! Mary Oliver's works are only loosely verse, but capturing the essence of that mode. She draws you into her interactions of nature and you ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Mary Oliver was born in Maple Heights, Ohio on September 10, 1935. She attended Ohio State University and Vassar College, but did not receive a degree. Her first collection of poems, No Voyage, and Other Poems, was published in 1963. Her other works include White Pine, West Wind, Why I Wake Early, Thirst, Red Bird, Swan: Poems and Prose Poems, and A Thousand Mornings. She has won numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize for American Primitive, the Christopher Award and the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award for House of Light, and the National Book Award for New and Selected Poems. Her books of prose include A Poetry Handbook, Blue Pastures, Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse, and Long Life: Essays and Other Writings. She held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Bennington College until 2001.

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