A Thousand Mornings

A Thousand Mornings

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by Mary Oliver
     
 

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The New York Times-bestselling collection of poems from celebrated poet Mary Oliver

In A Thousand Mornings, Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has come to define her life’s work, transporting us to the marshland and coastline of her beloved home, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Whether studying the leaves of a tree or mourning her treasured

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The New York Times-bestselling collection of poems from celebrated poet Mary Oliver

In A Thousand Mornings, Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has come to define her life’s work, transporting us to the marshland and coastline of her beloved home, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Whether studying the leaves of a tree or mourning her treasured dog Percy, Oliver is open to the teachings contained in the smallest of moments and explores with startling clarity, humor, and kindness the mysteries of our daily experience.

Mary Oliver's latest book, Dog Songs, was published in October 2013 by The Penguin Press

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The winner of numerous literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Oliver (American Primitive) writes intimately about nature in its smallest and liveliest details. Using clear, precise language and imagery rich with earthy colors, she shows that nature's many inhabitants are the authors of exciting but unfinished stories that intersect with one another, displaying a deep connection: "Now I am here, later I will be there/ I will be that small cloud, staring down at the water/ the one that stalls, that lifts its white legs, that/ looks like a lamb." The poems read like anecdotes, lyrical and wise, as Oliver embraces a way of seeing that renders the many aspects of the natural world in all their singularity. What results is a powerful sense of nature as a source of both solace and companionship. VERDICT Writing with grace, passion, and precision, Oliver delivers nature's throbbing beauty and vitality to all readers. Highly recommended.—Sadiq Alkoriji, South Regional Lib., Broward Cty., FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143124054
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
76,940
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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I GO DOWN TO THE SHORE

I go down to the shore in the morning and depending on the hour the waves are rolling in or moving out,
and I say, oh, I am miserable,
what shall—
what should I do? And the sea says in its lovely voice:
Excuse me, I have work to do.

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