A Thousand Mornings: Poems

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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In a not too distant interview, Mary Oliver answered a question about her hopes for the summer by wishing that the forest fire at Colorado's High Park could be "one hundred percent contained, controlled, stopped, extinguished." Her answer was not a quirk or an anomaly: For this longtime Cape Cod resident, nature has always been central to her work and her being. In her latest collection, the poet who wrote "Come with me/ into the field of sunflowers" entreats readers to see the natural in all its cycle through her eyes. The results are miraculous: Even the marshlands seem majestic. A major book by a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning poet. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143124054
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 58,484
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 and since then has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her book American Primitive. She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Oliver's most recent book is the New York Times bestselling Dog Songs.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    disappointed fan

    Having read everything out there I could get my hands on by Mary Oliver and having used the handbook with my students, was terribly disappointed when I sat down Christmas Eve to read one of my presents.

    Expecting the wondrous heart and imagery I have come to love, I moved through the poems in this collection at a loss for words. I kept thinking there was some mistake. Maybe the publisher just asked for some material she had sitting around?

    No surprises, no magic, none of the voice I have come to love.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2013

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    Having just been introduced to Mary Oliver by my daughter, I bou

    Having just been introduced to Mary Oliver by my daughter, I bought A Thousand Mornings and I was
    immediately touched by her imagery and sympathy for animals and nature. She brings tears to my eyes
    with her beautiful elegy for her dog. She seems a bit more wistful and perhaps lonely but I have a lot of
    catching up on her previous books of poetry before I can actually say that. I had bought this book for my
    daughter but I'm keeping it for myself and buying another for her. I had read the other review and just
    wanted to add my opinion because A Thousand Mornings deserves more. It is filled with beauty. It is a
    moving testament to the beauty of nature and the difficulty with aging. I recommend it and I shall savor
    reading all her earlier books of poetry.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Still My Favorite Poet...

    I read the other reviews for this ebook before I bought it, and I understand why at least one of the other reviewers was disappointed. Oliver's poetry has changed a little, perhaps grown more prose-like, instead of her usual concise observations. But I thought it still retained the ability to observe and articulate the beauty and spirituality all around us. I simply think that as Oliver continues to grow in understanding (as we all do), her poetry has to change a little to reflect the developing person she is. I enjoyed it just as much as her previous works (my fav is New and Selected Poems, Vol. 1), and the only reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars is that it was short (only 52 pgs.!) and yet I paid as much for it as I did an entire novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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