Blue Horses

Blue Horses

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by Mary Oliver
     
 

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In this stunning collection of new poems, Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has defined her life’s work, describing with wonder both the everyday and the unaffected beauty of nature.

Herons, sparrows, owls, and kingfishers flit across the page in meditations on love, artistry, and impermanence. Whether considering a bird’s nest, the seeming

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In this stunning collection of new poems, Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has defined her life’s work, describing with wonder both the everyday and the unaffected beauty of nature.

Herons, sparrows, owls, and kingfishers flit across the page in meditations on love, artistry, and impermanence. Whether considering a bird’s nest, the seeming patience of oak trees, or the artworks of Franz Marc, Oliver reminds us of the transformative power of attention and how much can be contained within the smallest moments.

At its heart, Blue Horses asks what it means to truly belong to this world, to live in it attuned to all its changes. Humorous, gentle, and always honest, Oliver is a visionary of the natural world.

Editorial Reviews

Of nature, Mary Oliver once wrote: "It's like a schoolhouse/of little words,/thousands of words./First you figure out what each one means by itself,/the jingle, the periwinkle, the scallop/full of moonlight.//Then you begin, slowly, to read the whole story." In this radiant new collection of poems, the Provincetown-based octogenarian poet reflects on the birds, trees, artwork, memories and encounters that mark her day, transforming each into an experience that readers can savor. This National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author once remarked that she didn't want to find that she have simply been a visitor on this planet. She need not have worried.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698170049
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/14/2014
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
271,952
File size:
519 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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AFTER READING LUCRETIUS, I GO TO THE POND

The slippery green frog

that went to his death

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The New York Journal of Books:
“A lyric collection to be treasured.”

Meet the Author

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. Oliver currently lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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Blue Horses: Poems 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agree with the L.A. Times - one goes to Mary Oliver for solace and inspiration in her poems.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most beautiful book of poetry I have read. Highly recommend!
Swampgal2 More than 1 year ago
Thank you, Mary. These poems are wonderful. The hummingbirds hover among the pages. The blue horses need not speak.  Namaste.  Your fans will be delighted, 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mary Oliver speaks to my heart in each of these poems. I feel as if I am walking the paths through the woods, through life itself with her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I try to read one or two of these in the morning, helps me get my day off to a nice start. Lovely imagery - the one that stands out for me is about Angels dancing,. it doesn't matter how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, what matters is that they dance. - not sure if I got the quote right, but that is the essence of it.
searcher_10 More than 1 year ago
Mary's poems are easy to read but have multiple depths that are reached by reading them again and again