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ISBN13: 9780316650045
ISBN10: 0316650048
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

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The fifty poems in American Primitive make up a body of luminous unity. Mary Oliver's visionary poems enunciate the renewals of nature and the renewals of humanity in love, in oneness with the natural, in union with the things of this world. Lyrical and elegiac, Mary Oliver celebrates the primitive things of America — the wilderness that survives both within our bodies and outside — "...the cords / of my body stretching / and singing in the / heaven of appetite."

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"Mary Oliver's poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her special gift is to connect us with our sources in the natural world, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations. American Primitive enchants me with the purity of its lyic voice, the loving freshness of its perceptions, and the singular glow of a spiritual life brightening the pages." Stanley Kunitz

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"Far beneath teh surface-flash of linguistic effect, Mary Oliver works her quite and mysterious spell. It is a spell, unlike any other poet's, the enchantment of the true maker." James Dickey

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"These poems are natural growths out of a loam of perception and feeling, and instinctive skill with language makes them seem effortless. Reading them is a sensual delight." May Swenson

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teakettle58, August 31, 2014 (view all comments by teakettle58)
I misplaced my book for a while. So glad I found it again. This time I refused to put it down again because Mary Oliver in American Primitive took me on a Nature walk. American Primitive by Mary Oliver brims over like the white waters of a waterfall with goodness. It is so easy to see whatever she sees on this walk or to feel whatever she feels. One poem is about a little girl who gets lost. The poet gives the child's name. This made me feel the loss in a deeper way. Her name is Lydia Osburn. There is a poem about Tecumseh whom I want to know more about. I like this part of the poem most of all.

"Where are the Shawnee now?
Do you know? Or would you have to
write to Washington, and even then,
whatever they said,
would you believe it?
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xxemomascaraxx, October 24, 2006 (view all comments by xxemomascaraxx)
Mary Oliver is amazing. =]
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316650045
Author:
Oliver, Mary
Author:
Cliver, Mary
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
General Poetry
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
34
Publication Date:
19830430
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
88
Dimensions:
8.06x5.34x.26 in. .22 lbs.

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Product details 88 pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316650045 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Mary Oliver's poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her special gift is to connect us with our sources in the natural world, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations. American Primitive enchants me with the purity of its lyic voice, the loving freshness of its perceptions, and the singular glow of a spiritual life brightening the pages."
"Review" by , "Far beneath teh surface-flash of linguistic effect, Mary Oliver works her quite and mysterious spell. It is a spell, unlike any other poet's, the enchantment of the true maker."
"Review" by , "These poems are natural growths out of a loam of perception and feeling, and instinctive skill with language makes them seem effortless. Reading them is a sensual delight."
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