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Why I Wake Early: New Poemsby Mary Oliver
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Mary Oliver has been writing poetry for nearly five decades, and in that time she has become America's foremost poetic voice on our experience of the physical world. This collection presents forty-seven new poems, all written within the last two years, and each exhibiting the power and grace that have become the hallmarks of Oliver's work.
The volume includes poems on crickets, toads, trout lilies, black snakes, goldenrod, bears, greeting the morning, watching the deer and, finally, lingering in happiness. Each poem is imbued with the extraordinary perceptions of a poet who considers the everyday in our lives and the natural world around us and finds a multitude of reasons to marvel.
On the eve of the publication of her third volume of poems, Twelve Moons, Archibald MacLeish wrote to Mary Oliver: "You have indeed entered the kingdom. You have done something better than create your own world: you have discovered the world we all live in and do not see and cannot feel." In the twenty-five years since, Mary Oliver has published nine more volumes of poetry, each revealing new aspects of our world, inviting us to pause with her and to see and feel them. In this new volume she demonstrates, perhaps more affectionately than ever before, "what it means to be human and what is worthwhile about life" (Library Journal), or, more simply, why the poet wakes early.
"Mary Oliver continues to tutor us in attention, gratitude, and reverence in this new collection of 47 poems." Frederick and Mary Ann Brussat, authors of Spirituality Legacy
"Mary Oliver's 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
"The gift of Oliver's poetry is that she communicates the beauty she finds in the world and makes it unforgettable." Miami Herald
The long-awaited follow-up collection to Mary Oliver's National Book Award-winning New and Selected Poems, Volume One.
Mary Oliver has been writing poetry for nearly five decades, and in that time she has become America's foremost poetic voice on our experience of the physical world. This collection presents forty new poems — an entire volume in itself — along with works chosen by Oliver from the six books she has published since New and Selected Poems, Volume One.
This graceful volume, designed to be paired with New and Selected Poems, Volume One, includes new poems on birds, toads, flowers, insects, bodies of water, and the extraordinary experience of the everyday in our lives. In the words of Alicia Ostriker, "Mary Oliver moves by instinct, faith, and determination. She is among our finest poets, and still growing." In both the older and new poems, Mary Oliver is a poet at the height of her control of image and language.
About the Author
Mary Oliver, winner of numerous prizes, is one of the most celebrated and best-selling poets in America. Her poetry books include Owls and Other Fantasies; House of Light; New and Selected Poems, Volume One; Dream Work; White Pine; West Wind, The Leaf and the Cloud; and What Do We Know. She has also published five books of prose, including Blue Pastures, Rules for the Dance, Winter Hours, and, most recently, Long Life. She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts, with Molly Malone Cook.
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