Archives For Mary Oliver


A lovely poem for Advent by Mary Oliver…

This poem is found in the collection:

Thirst: Poems
Mary Oliver

Paperback: Beacon, 2007
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Also, see Three Advent Poems by Madeleine L’Engle

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An excerpt from:

Dog Songs: Poems

Mary Oliver

Hardback: The Penguin Press, 2013
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This book was one of three collections of poems featured in last week’s list of new books to watch for.

Watch a video of Mary Oliver reading the poem “Little Dog’s Rhapsody in The Night” from this collection.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

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This Day: New and Collected Sabbath Poems 1979 – 2012
By Wendell Berry

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Love this timely poem by Mary Oliver, which can be found in:

What Do We Know: Poems and Prose Poems
Mary Oliver

Paperback: De Capo Press, 2003.
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Mary Oliver - A Thousand MorningsFull of Earth-Praise

A Feature Review of

A Thousand Mornings: Poems

Mary Oliver

Hardback: FSG, 2012.
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Reviewed by Linda Frances Lein.


As we have come to expect from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver, observations of small, pristine moments in the natural world spring up in her newest collection of poems A Thousand Mornings.


A redbird, black snake, fox, fish, a mockingbird, bats, a white heron, and her dog Percy who “listened to poems” are a few of the critters that readers encounter (74). She makes the meeting of the wild critters feel like a routine occurrence as if they are not instinctively afraid of her as they might be of other human intruders in their world.


White flowers, daffodils, black oaks, leaves, pond lilies, pale dunes, high grass, “blue gray green lavender” tides are the terrain that we linger in when reading Oliver’s work (57). Many of these poetic natural images are from her home and community Provincetown, Massachusetts, where townspeople might catch a glimpse of her walking, stopping, looking or listening, and writing in her notebook, a regular ritual of hers.

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Book News

Some interesting bits of book news and conversations collected over the last week:

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Mary Oliver - Why I Wake EarlyToday is the birthday of poet Mary Oliver, born on this day 1935…

Here is a poem from her collection:

Why I Wake Early.

Mary Oliver.

Paperback: Beacon Press, 2005.
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