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New and Selected Poems, Volume 2

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"Perhaps I'm the last person on earth to discover the marvelous poems of Mary Oliver, but just in case there is one other person out there who hasn't, here's a glowing review of these two collections. Oliver has a deep understanding of nature, and deftly avoids the 'plant-eaters good, meat-eaters bad' anthropomorphism of lesser voices. Her poems are populated by owls, crows, flowers, streams, herons, and snakes that go swinging through grass like old swords. But enough from me; all I can say is get these two collections and let your soul drink deeply. I'll just let Oliver speak for herself." Doug Brown, Powells.com (Read the entire Powells.com review)

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Publisher Comments:

Mary Oliver has been writing poetry for nearly five decades, and in that time she has become Americas foremost poetic voice on our experience of the physical world. This collection presents forty-two new poems—an entire volume in itself—along with works chosen by Oliver from six of the books she has published since New and Selected Poems, Volume One.

“Olivers poetry is of the Earth, and about the Earth, and as these poems give voice to the planet, they render human life more beautiful, more sentient, more meaningful.” —Karen McCarthy, ForeWord

Mary Oliver, the winner of numerous prizes, is one of the most celebrated and best-selling poets in America. Her works include New and Selected Poems, Volume One (Beacon / 6877-9 / $16.00 pb) and At Blackwater Pond (Beacon / 0700-6 / $19.95 audio). She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

A P R I L

Synopsis:

From a celebrated writer, a new and selected volume of poetry that spans fifty years of work. It includes some of the best of her earlier verse along with a rich series of new poems that she has been writing for the last four years.

Synopsis:

"She never loses touch with her reverence for the immense what is." — Margaret Atwood

Though internationally known and honored for her imaginative fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin started out as a poet, and since 1959 has never ceased to publish poems. Finding My Elegy distills her life's work, offering a selection of the best from her six earlier volumes of poetry and introducing a powerful group of poems, at once earthy and transcendent, written in the first decade of the twenty-first century.

The fruit of over a half century of writing, the seventy selected and seventy-seven new poems consider war and creativity, motherhood and the natural world, and glint with humor and vivid beauty. These moving works of art are a reckoning with a whole life.

Synopsis:

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-two new poems-an entire volume in itself-along with works chosen by Oliver from six of the books she has published since New and Selected Poems, Volume One.

About the Author

'Mary Oliver has written more than ten volumes of poetry and prose and is one of America\'s best-selling and most honored poets, a winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. A longtime resident of Provincetown, Massachusetts, she is now on the faculty of Bennington College in Vermont.'

Table of Contents

Wild Fortune: Selected Poems, 1960-2005

From Wild Angels (1960-1975) 15

          Offering 15

          A Lament for Rheged 16

          There 19

          Ars Lunga 21

          Song 22

          Tao Song 23

From Hard Words (1975-1980) 24

          Invocation 24

          The Mind Is Still 25

          The Marrow 26

          The Writer to the Dancer 27

From The Dancing at Tillai 28

          Middle 28

          At Three Rivers, April 80 29

          Slick Rock Creek, September 30

          Winter Downs 31

          Peak 32

          The Child on the Shore 34

          Tui 35

From Wild Oats and Fireweed (1980-1987) 36

          Wild Oats and Fireweed 36

From In the Red Zone: Mount St. Helens, October 1981 39

          To Walk In Here 39

          While the Old Men Make Ready to Kill 41

          For the New House 43

          The Maenads 44

          Inventory 45

          A Meditation on a Marriage 47

From Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences (1987) 49

          The Crown of Laurel 49

From Going Out with Peacocks (1988-1994) 53

          The Pacific Slope 53

          Riding the “Coast Starlight” 54

          Sleeping with Cats 55

          Waking: Two Poems 56

          The Vigil for Ben Linder 57

          The Queen of Spain, Grown Old and Mad, Writes to the Daughter She Imagines She Had by Christopher Columbus 60

          Song for a Daughter 62

          The Hard Dancing 64

From No Boats (chapbook, 1991) 65

          From “McKenzie Voices” 65

          At Cannon Beach 66

From Blue Moon Over Thurman Street (1993) 67

          The Aching Air 67

From Sixty Odd (1994-1999) 70

          Read at the Award Dinner, May 1996 70

          Hexagram 45 71

          When there arent any 72

          Rodmell 74

          For Gabriela Mistral 75

          Hexagram 49 77

          Infinitive 78

          “The scarcity of rhinos” on the television 79

          Field Burning Debated, Salmon Fate Discussed 81

          Morning Service 82

          Late Dusk 83

          A Blue Moon: June 30 84

          Repulse Monkey 85

          “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” 86

From Incredible Good Fortune (2000-2006) 87

          Incredible Good Fortune 87

          April in San Jose 88

          Mount Rainier from Amtrak 90

          The Cactus Wren 91

From A Book of Songs 92

          The Old Lady 92

          The Forsaken Shepherdess 93

From Notes from a Cruise 94

          Antigua: The Silence of the Mountain 94

          Pelicans 95

          Talk Shows 96

          Here, There, at the Marsh 97

          American Wars 98

          The Lost Explorer 99

          Ille 100

          Invocation 101

          Dance Song 102

          English 103

          Taking Courage 104

          A Request 105

          For Naomi 106

          Learning Latin in Old Age 107

          Futurology 108

Life Sciences: New Poems, 2006-2011

I. Socioesthetics 111

          Distance 111

          Pretty Things 112

          In England in the Fifties 113

          The City of the Plain 114

          Watching the Fractal Set 115

          The Mistake 116

          The Next War 117

          The Crest 118

          Soldiers 119

          The Curse of the Prophetess 122

          Every Land 124

          The Elders at the Falls 125

          An Old Yurok Basket 127

          Almost and Always 128

          Lieder Singer 129

          Writers 130

          After the Fire 131

          Lorcas Duende 132

          Meters 133

          Exegi monumentum aere perennius 135

          She Remembers the Famous Poets 136

II. Botany and Zoology 137

          Two Crow Poems 137

          Learning the Name 138

          The Greater Forest 139

          Red Alders in March 140

          Pinus Sabiniana 141

          Creation of the Horse 143

          The Clydesdale Mare 144

          I think of them 145

          Grace 146

          Raksha 147

          At the Clackamas County Fair 150

          Extinction 151

III. Meteorology and Geography 152

          Mendenhall Glacier 152

          A Measure of Desolation 153

          Coast Range Highway, November 154

          Seasonal Quatrains 156

          Morning in Joseph, Oregon 157

          Hour of the Changes 158

          Summer Morning on the Volcano 159

          For My Traveling Companion 160

          Up the Columbia 161

          Navna: The River-running, by Intrumo of Sinshan 162

          At Kishamish 163

IV. Developmental Ontology 168

          At the Center 168

          Early Memory: Jocken 169

          The Merchant of Words 170

          Stammersong 172

          GPS 173

          The House Is Soft 174

          Seven Lines to Elisabeth 175

          Final Destination 176

          Ghazal at the Oasis of Mara 177

          Travel 178

          Pillowtalk 179

          Low Barometer 180

          My Birthday Present 181

          The Arts of Old Age 182

          Sometimes it seems 183

          The Body of the World 184

          When They Came 185

          Hindsight 186

          Body of Water 187

          Aubade 188

          Votum 189

V. Philosophy and Theology 190

          Finding My Elegy 190

          The Whirlwind 193

          Intimations 194

          Some Mornings 195

          In the Borderlands 196

          Jewel and Gravel 197

          Science 199

          Tout rêve . . . 200

          Morning Star 201

          Uncaged 202

          A God I Know 203

          January Night Prayer 204

          The Conference 205

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tawhite, March 6, 2009 (view all comments by tawhite)
Gathered together, the collection is a testament to Oliver’s three “rules” for writing: “Every poem I write,… must have a genuine body, it must have sincere energy, and it must have a spiritual purpose.” (Winter Hours. 24). Whether she is treating an owl or a fox or singing a common ode to her pet dog, Oliver stays true to her rules.
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crowyhead, October 18, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
More excellent nature poetry from Mary Oliver. This didn't consistently blow me away the way House of Light did, but I am still in awe of Oliver's talent.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780807068878
Author:
Oliver, Mary
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Author:
Guin, Ursula K. Le
Author:
Le Guin, Ursula K.
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
American poetry -- 20th century.
Subject:
American poetry -- Women authors.
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
April 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 0.84 lb

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"Review A Day" by , "Perhaps I'm the last person on earth to discover the marvelous poems of Mary Oliver, but just in case there is one other person out there who hasn't, here's a glowing review of these two collections. Oliver has a deep understanding of nature, and deftly avoids the 'plant-eaters good, meat-eaters bad' anthropomorphism of lesser voices. Her poems are populated by owls, crows, flowers, streams, herons, and snakes that go swinging through grass like old swords. But enough from me; all I can say is get these two collections and let your soul drink deeply. I'll just let Oliver speak for herself." (Read the entire Powells.com review)
"Synopsis" by ,
From a celebrated writer, a new and selected volume of poetry that spans fifty years of work. It includes some of the best of her earlier verse along with a rich series of new poems that she has been writing for the last four years.
"Synopsis" by ,
"She never loses touch with her reverence for the immense what is." — Margaret Atwood

Though internationally known and honored for her imaginative fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin started out as a poet, and since 1959 has never ceased to publish poems. Finding My Elegy distills her life's work, offering a selection of the best from her six earlier volumes of poetry and introducing a powerful group of poems, at once earthy and transcendent, written in the first decade of the twenty-first century.

The fruit of over a half century of writing, the seventy selected and seventy-seven new poems consider war and creativity, motherhood and the natural world, and glint with humor and vivid beauty. These moving works of art are a reckoning with a whole life.

"Synopsis" by , 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-two new poems-an entire volume in itself-along with works chosen by Oliver from six of the books she has published since New and Selected Poems, Volume One.
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