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Inspired by the familiar lines from William Wordsworth, “To me the meanest flower that blows can give / Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears,” Evidence is a collection of forty-seven new poems on all of Mary Oliver’s classic themes. She writes perceptively about grief and mortality, love and nature, and the spiritual sustenance she draws from their gifts. Ever grateful for the bounty that is offered to us daily by the natural world, Oliver is attentive to the mysteries it imparts. The arresting beauty she finds in rivers and stones, willows and field corn, the mockingbird’s “embellishments” or the last hours of darkness permeates her poems. Her newest volume is imbued through and through with that power of nature to, in Oliver’s words, “excite the viewers toward sublime thought.” Never afraid to shed the pretense of academic poetry, never shy of letting the power of an image lie in unadorned language, Oliver is a skilled guide to the rarest and most exquisite insights of the natural world. “After a few hours in her quiet, exuberant presence,” writes Los Angeles Times columnist Susan Salter Reynolds, “one feels as though the raw sunlight in the room, the brightness of the water, the white wood and flashing wings outside the window are bleaching unimportant details from the day.” From one of America’s most loved and respected poets, this new volume plumbs the evidence of our most profound mysteries.

About the Author

Mary Oliver, winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, was acknowledged by the New York Times Book Review as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet.” Her twenty books of poetry include Swan, The Truro Bear and Other Adventures, and Red Bird. Oliver lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Yellow — Swans — Heart Poem — Prince Buzzard — Li Po and the Moon — Thinking of Swirler — Snowy Egret — Violets — Then Bluebird Sang — We Shake with Joy — Spring — The Poet Always Carries a Notebook — Honey Locust — Halleluiah — It Was Early — Water — If You Say It Right, It Helps the Heart to Bear It — Empty Branch in the Orchard — A Lesson from James Wright — Deep Summer — Almost a Conversation — There Are a Lot of Mockingbirds in This Book — Prayer — At the Pond — To Begin With, the Sweet Grass — With Thanks to the Field Sparrow, Whose Voice Is So Delicate and Humble — Landscape in Winter — I Want to Write Something So Simply — Evidence — I Am Standing — Schubert — Moon and Water — When I Was Young and Poor — At the River Clarion — Philip's Birthday — Meeting Wolf — Just Rain — Mysteries, Yes — Imagine — First Days at San Miguel de Allende — The Trees — Broken, Unbroken — The Singular and Cheerful Life — Another Summer Begins.

Product Details

Beacon Press
American poetry - 20th century
Oliver, Mary
Poetry : General
Poetry : American - General
Publication Date:
April 2009

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