New and Selected Poems, Volume 1

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Beacon Press, 1992 - Poetry - 255 pages
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"Mary Oliver received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984 for American Primitive, and her poems continue to delight a wide and ever-growing audience. Now, in New and Selected Poems, Oliver makes a representative collection of her work over the past twenty-seven years available for the first time. This volume includes thirty new poems as well as selections from her eight previously published books." "Mary Oliver's perceptive, brilliantly crafted poems about the natural landscape and the fundamental questions of life and death have won high praise from critics and readers alike. "Do you love this world?" she interrupts a poem about peonies to ask the reader. "Do you cherish your humble and silky life?" Oliver's passionate demonstrations of perceptual delight are powerful reminders of the bond between every individual and the natural world."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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My feelings towards Oliver's poetry are incredibly fickle and varied. When I first read "Wild Geese" I thought she was wonderful. And much of her stuff is wonderful. Just, too many times the last ... Read full review

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The newer collection (1991-1992) were the best, for me. Read full review

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About the author (1992)

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, A Thousand Mornings, and Blue Horses: Poems. 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 from 1995 to 2001.

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