"If you're one of the many, many fans of National Book Award- and Pulitzer-winning poet Mary Oliver, you'll very much welcome A Thousand Mornings."—Shelf Awareness
From the Hardcover edition.
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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, Upstream, will be published in October 2016 by Penguin Press
From the Hardcover edition.
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 should I do? And the sea says in its lovely voice:
Excuse me, I have work to do.
Born in a small town in Ohio, MARY 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 Catherine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching. Oliver currently lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
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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.
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.
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.