From the Publisher
Blue Iris fortuitously offers an extended sequence and new contexts for a writer whose precise eye and instinct for surprising images have made her one of the best practitioners of the lyrical revelation . . . Oliver continues to earn applause and admiration for continuing to provide redemptive meditation and supple praises for nature in a time when so much is under threat.R.T. Smith, Shenandoah
"Salvation, in Mary Oliver's poems, consists of the living of a natural life, the dying of a natural death, and the ability to look clearly in both directions while keeping the two processes in balance."Jay Rogoff, Southern Review
"Mary Oliver's poems are natural growths out of a loam of perception and feeling, and instinctive skill with language makes them seem effortless. Reading them is a sensual delight."May Swenson
"The gift of Oliver's poetry is that she communicates the beauty she finds in the world and makes it unforgettable."
"These 32 poems and four essays offer rich meditations on flowers in nature, showing how plant life reflects the life of the human heart . . . A companion to Oliver's recent Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays, this work presents poetry in free verse, which Oliver has perfected in all of its musicality and rhythm."—Library Journal
These 32 poems and four essays offer rich meditations on flowers in nature, showing how plant life reflects the life of the human heart. Oliver, who won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for American Primitive, brings echoes of George Herbert to the fresh ground of American flowers, fields, and wilderness. In the poem "Just Lying on the Grass at Blackwater," we hear, "even silence can feel, to the world, like happiness,/ like praise,/ from the pool of shade you have found beneath the everlasting." Few poets can so persuasively transform Herbert's work. A companion volume to Oliver's recent Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays, this work presents poetry in free verse, which Oliver has perfected in all of its musicality and rhythm. The prose essays, though perhaps too brief, complement the poems by allowing us to see the natural world as it is intertwined with human understanding and human joy. General readers will enjoy this volume, which will also bring challenges to specialists. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.-Heidi Arnold, American Theological Lib. Assoc., Chicago Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.