New and Selected Poems, Volume Oneby Mary Oliver
Pub. Date: 04/15/2004
Publisher: Beacon Press
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.
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Winner of National Book Award
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.
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.
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.