BN.com Gift Guide

New and Selected Poems: Volume One

( 5 )

Overview

When New and Selected Poems, Volume One was originally published in 1992, Mary Oliver was awarded the National Book Award. In the fourteen years since its initial appearance it has become one of the best-selling volumes of poetry in the country. This collection features thirty poems published only in this volume as well as selections from the poet's first eight books.

Mary Oliver's perceptive, brilliantly crafted poems about the natural landscape and the fundamental questions of...

See more details below
Paperback (None)
$14.82
BN.com price
(Save 17%)$18.00 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (27) from $7.79   
  • New (16) from $10.44   
  • Used (11) from $7.79   
New and Selected Poems, Volume One

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$9.99
BN.com price
(Save 44%)$18.00 List Price

Overview

When New and Selected Poems, Volume One was originally published in 1992, Mary Oliver was awarded the National Book Award. In the fourteen years since its initial appearance it has become one of the best-selling volumes of poetry in the country. This collection features thirty poems published only in this volume as well as selections from the poet's first eight books.

Mary Oliver's perceptive, brilliantly crafted poems about the natural landscape and the fundamental questions of life and death have won high praise from critics and readers alike. "Do you love this world?" she interrupts a poem about peonies to ask the reader. "Do you cherish your humble and silky life?" She makes us see the extraordinary in our everyday lives, how something as common as light can be "an invitation/to happiness,/and that happiness,/when it's done right,/is a kind of holiness,/palpable and redemptive." She illuminates how a near miss with an alligator can be the catalyst for seeing the world "as if for the second time/the way it really is." Oliver's passionate demonstrations of delight are powerful reminders of the bond between every individual, all living things, and the natural world.

Read More Show Less
  • New and Selected Poems: Volume One
    New and Selected Poems: Volume One  

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the poetry of Mary Oliver:

'One of the astonishing aspects of Oliver's work is the consistency of tone over this long period. What changes is an increased focus on nature and an increased precision with language that has made her one of our very best poets . . . There is no complaint in Ms. Oliver's poetry, no whining, but neither is there the sense that life is in any way easy . . . These poems sustain us rather than divert us. Although few poets have fewer human beings in their poems than Mary Oliver, it is ironic that few poets also go so far to help us forward.' -Stephen Dobyns, New York Times Book Review

'Mary Oliver's poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her special gift is to connect us with our sources in the natural world, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations.' -Stanley Kunitz

'One would have to reach back perhaps to [John] Clare or [Christopher] Smart to safely cite a parallel to Oliver's lyricism or radical purification and her unappeasable mania for signs and wonders.' -David Barber, Poetry

'I have always thought of poems as my companions-and like companions, they accompany you wherever the journey (or the afternoon) might lead . . . My most recent companion has been Mary Oliver's The Leaf and the Cloud . . . It's a brilliant meditation, a walk through the natural world with one of our preeminent contemporary poets.' -Rita Dove, Washington Post

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807068779
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 4/15/2004
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 81,350
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver is one of the most celebrated and best-selling poets in America. Her books include Red Bird; Our World; Thirst; Blue Iris; New and Selected Poems, Volume One; and New and Selected Poems, Volume Two. She has also published five books of prose, including Rules for the Dance and, most recently, Long Life. She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 5 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(4)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 7 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2003

    Please get this book!

    I can't say enough about what Mary Oliver has meant to me. I'm surprised there's only been one review here, but I guess Barnes and Noble haven't been posting reader reviews for very long. Mary Oliver looks at nature like we all wish we could--and when we read her, we do. A lot of people now seem not to believe in things like wisdom and truth, but they must not have read Mary Oliver. Just read this poem and you'll know what I mean. It's called 'Late Spring Evening.' What can we say to these junebugs/ on the rebound from the screens we raise/ and swooning heavily to the porch floor?/ Do we dare ask them their reasons/ when we know they¿ll never ask ours?/ Let¿s be content to guess, but not insist,/ it¿s something to do with porchlights./ Unconsciousness/ must be a consolation to them, batted by the cat,/ but should we be consoled/ by the unsought blessing of their presence?/ Fly from the light, save yourselves, we¿ll tell them,/ grateful they¿ll never heed us.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2001

    Her Writing Is Mystical

    Mary Oliver is in tune with her environment, the natural world around us. She is a gifted woman, her poems speak for her inner soul.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 2, 2012

    Superb!

    Winner of National Book Award

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 17, 2009

    New and Selected Poems Volume One

    I absolutely loved this book. I really enjoyed reading it. I liked it so much actually because you didn't have to follow along with a story. You could read it whenever you felt and didn't have to worry about forgetting anything or remembering characters. It was a very easy read that I would recomend for everyone to read. There were some really good motivational poems in this book. If I could I would choose to read all the other volumes of this book for the oth book projects, but even though I can't I will definately read them in my spare time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 17, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Book Review #1 :]]

    This is the first poem book I have ever read that hasn't rhymed. It's a really good book, as clever written as it is, it does get borring after a while. After you read for about 1/2 an hour, it feels like you are reading about the same thing over and over again. I would recommend this book however, because it is very well written and it is so out of the ordinary. Young adult literature is so stricken and rule biding, now a days, you would never expect to see a kid say "my favorite book is a non-rhyming poem book by Mary Oliver, and it sounds like this..." It is kind of book that has to be a personal choice of reading. It has no plot or set characters. You conjure things from your own interpretation of the book. You mentally take what you can connect with away from the book when you read poetry as literature. That is what I feel about "New and Selected Poems" by Mary Oliver.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2008

    Wonderful prose, If you like nature poems you'll love this

    I did enjoy this book and really respect Mary Oliver as a poet and fellow human being. The prose flowed very nicely as all great poetry should. If you enjoy poetry about nature then this is the book for you. Mary is a woman that views the Natural World in an amazing and different way. Read 'Mushroom' and you'll see what I mean.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 7 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)