Synopses & Reviews
Mary Oliver's Dog Songs is a celebration of the special bond between human and dog, as understood through the poets relationships to the canines that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her work. Oliver's poems begin in the small everyday moments familiar to all dog lovers, but through her extraordinary vision, these observations become higher meditations on the world and our place in it.
Dog Songs includes visits with old friends, like Oliver's beloved Percy, and introduces still others in poems of love and laughter, heartbreak and grief. Throughout, the many dogs of Oliver's life merge as fellow travelers and as guides, uniquely able to open our eyes to the lessons of the moment and the joys of nature and connection.
“Mary Oliver is a canine lover par excellence. Her combo of woman's best friend and poetry is utterly irresistible.” Oprah.com
“Oliver… is one of our most adored poets, and a longtime lover of dogs. The popularity of [Dog Songs] feels as inevitable and welcome as a wagging tail upon homecoming.” The Boston Globe
“Dog Songs... is a sweet golden retriever of a book that curls up with the reader.” The New York Times
About the Author
Born in a small town in Ohio, Oliver published her first book of poetry
in 1963 at the age of twenty-eight. Over the course of her long career,
she has received numerous awards. Her fourth book, American Primitive,
won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984. She has led workshops and
held residencies at various colleges and universities, including
Bennington College, where she held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for
Distinguished Teaching. Oliver currently lives in Florida.