Long Life: Essays and Other Writings

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Poets must read and study, but also they must learn to tilt and whisper, shout, or dance, each in his or her own way, or we might just as well copy the old books. But, no, that would never do, for always the new self swimming around in the old world feels itself uniquely verbal. And that is just the point: how the world, moist and bountiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That's the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. 'Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a...

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Overview

Poets must read and study, but also they must learn to tilt and whisper, shout, or dance, each in his or her own way, or we might just as well copy the old books. But, no, that would never do, for always the new self swimming around in the old world feels itself uniquely verbal. And that is just the point: how the world, moist and bountiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That's the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. 'Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?' This book is my comment.—from the Foreword.

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Publishers Weekly
"I would rather write poems than prose, any day, any place" writes Mary Oliver, "Yet each has its own force." Her Long Life: Essays and Other Writings intersperses a few verses among prose pieces as various as "Dog Talk," "Emerson: An Introduction" and "Where I Live." As "Sand Dabs, Nine" puts it, "The energy of attempt is greater than the surety of stasis." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Oliver is best known for her collections of poetry (e.g., The Leaf and the Cloud). She is also the author of A Poetry Handbook, one of the quintessential tools of encouragement, advice, and direction for the budding poet. In this arresting anthology of 17 essays and ten poems, similar in style to Sarah Orne Jewett's The Country of the Pointed Firs, Oliver takes her time word painting charmingly simple yet deeply enduring pictures of interactions among women and men, animals, and nature. She appears to etch each line with ease, which is the stamp of the professional, pointing out that prose is the softened, fleshy story, while poetry remains the stark revelation in writing. Each word touches the next, forming a virtual symphony of visuals. Daily tasks become touching rituals that define who we are, while the mundane is made sparkling, sometimes sharp, and even shattering yet never dull or lost owing to repetition. Recommended for large public and academic poetry and literary collections. Kim Harris, Rochester P.L., NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306814129
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Pages: 101
  • Sales rank: 661,443
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver is the author of twenty books, including The Leaf and the Cloud and What Do We Know. Her many accolades include the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Part 1 Flow 1
Flow 3
Habits, Differences, and the Light That Abides 10
Poem: Can You Imagine? 14
Three Histories and a Hummingbird 15
Part 2 Wordsworth's Mountain 19
Wordsworth's Mountain 21
Dog Talk 26
The Perfect Days 32
Poem: Just as the Calendar Began to Say Summer 35
Waste Land: An Elegy 36
Part 3 Artists of the Beautiful 41
Emerson: An Introduction 43
Hawthorne's Mosses from an Old Manse 52
The House of the Seven Gables 62
Part 4 Dust 73
Prose Poem: Are You Okay? 75
Poem: Softest of Mornings 76
Dust 77
Sand Dabs, Seven 81
Poem: The Morning Walk 83
Sand Dabs, Eight 84
Comfort 86
Sand Dabs, Nine 88
Home 89
Poem: Summer Night 92
Poem: Carrying the Snake to the Garden 93
Poem: By the Wild-Haired Corn 95
Where I Live 96
Poem: Waking on a Summer Morning 100
Prose Poem: One Winter Day 101
Acknowledgments 102
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    Posted October 25, 2012

    Good.

    Bur really rushed.

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    Posted September 25, 2012

    Well

    It was a bit fast and cliche and rushed and not enough depth but otherqise it was good

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    Posted September 21, 2012

    Chapter one of The long story plz read and tell me if i should go on!

    Chapter 1: (u would not know how this happened without reading the prolouge in result 2.) Karatekit landed in hurricane island, not knowing how that rouge got him here so fast. All the other clan cats of hurricaneclan looked at him. Mistyflower (now mistystar) looked at me and told me to join hurricaneclan. He said yes then blacktail came over. "Ok. Karatekit. You are karatepaw" blacktail meowed. Karatepaw bowed in thanks then went to him. "Can we start training today?" I asked him and he said yes. We went to the training area and thought 'i WILL be a warrior sometime. I WILL be a good one too!' He then padded over to where blacktail was and asked. "What first?" "Lets try something simple. Catching a mouse" he said and demonstrated how. Karatepaw went up to a mouse and cornered it and pounced it. He then kills it in a swift bite. "Good job karatepaw! Come tommorow to learn fighting techneiques." Blacktail said.||||| end of chapter 1. Chapter two will be in result 3

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