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Evidence
     

Evidence

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by Mary Oliver
 

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Never afraid to shed the pretense of academic poetry, never shy of letting the power of an image lie in unadorned language, Mary Oliver offers us poems of arresting beauty that reflect on the power of love and the great gifts of the natural world. Inspired by the familiar lines from William Wordsworth, “To me the meanest flower that blows can give / Thoughts

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Evidence 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mary Oliver's sensitivity to nature and masterful verse is really a joy. Each publication/book better than the last.
wrmjr66 More than 1 year ago
Mary Oliver's poetry has an almost Zen-like precision as she gazes at the natural world. and the poems in this volume are no exception. Fans of her earlier poetry will still fine the short lines and vivid images that have made her one of the best-known poets in the U.S. Newcomers will find the influence of Dickinson, Frost and W.C. Williams to be quite prevalent in her verse. Overall, Evidence is an enjoyable collection of lyric poetry. Not all the poems in this collection are destined to be long-remembered, however. Oliver can sometimes slip into a voice that tries to pass off familiar wisdom as deep insight. She can also be quite sentimental at times, though at other times her vision is ice hard. Her spirituality veers from the orthodox Christian to the new age mystic, but both are always at the service of an adoration of nature; she seems to me to be a pantheist in Christian garb. These issues, though, did not prevent me from enjoying the collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mary Oliver freshly recreates the natural world in her poems. Every time I read her I rediscover the beauty in the natural world - birds, flowers, animals, and more. She is especially good at revealing the value - dare I say the miracle - of the ordinary. In each natural object to which she chooses to pay attention she finds layers of meaning; expressions of beauty. She teaches her reader by the example of poetry to be patient enough to mine the ore of what is in front of us in this moment.
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