Synopses & Reviews
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 thirty-two new poemsan entire volume in itselfalong with works chosen by Oliver from six of the 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.
Olivers often quiet persona almost always rides a storm of discovery . . . She continues to earn applause and admiration for continuing to provide redemptive mediation and supple praises for nature in a time when so much is under threat.” R. T. Smith, Shenandoah
"Following by 13 years her National Book Award winning New and Selected Volume One, this big and very quotable collection offers more of what Oliver's fans revere: optimistic, clear and lyrical explorations of varying ecosystems, (especially the birds, mammals, ponds and forests of the northeastern U.S.) mingled with rapt self-questioning, consolation and spiritual claims some might call prayers. One of the 42 new poems watches ravens on a 'morning of green tenderness and/ rain'; others describe a mockingbird, a white heron, an obedient dog, tiger lilies, deer, terns, blueberry fields on Cape Cod (where Oliver lives) and a 'Mountain Lion on East Hill Road,' glimpsed just 'once, years ago.' Poems reprinted from six earlier books (beginning with 1994's White Pine) broaden the focus to insect life, to weather and the seasons ('I have talked with the faint clouds in the sky') and to other parts of the U.S.; while most poems use a mellifluous free verse, some choose the simplicities of prose, a form best achieved in Winter Hours (1999)." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, is one of the most celebrated and best-selling poets in America. Her books include Why I Wake Early, Owls and Other Fantasies, House of Light, Dream Work, White Pine, West Wind, The Leaf and the Cloud, and What Do We Know, as well as four books of prose, including Blue Pastures, Rules for the Dance, and Winter Hours. She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.