Red Bird

Red Bird

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by Mary Oliver
     
 

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This collection of sixty-one new poems, the most ever in a single volume of Oliver’s work, includes an entirely new direction for the poet’s work: a cycle of eleven linked love poems—a dazzling achievement. As in all of Mary Oliver’s work, the pages overflow with her keen observation of the natural world and her gratitude for its gifts,

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This collection of sixty-one new poems, the most ever in a single volume of Oliver’s work, includes an entirely new direction for the poet’s work: a cycle of eleven linked love poems—a dazzling achievement. As in all of Mary Oliver’s work, the pages overflow with her keen observation of the natural world and her gratitude for its gifts, for the many people she has loved in her seventy years, as well as for her disobedient dog, Percy.

 

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One of few avidly read living poets, Oliver revels in the beauty of the living world, and takes to heart its lessons in patience and pleasure, cessation and renewal. As piercingly observant as ever in this substantial and forthright collection, Oliver is rhapsodic.—Donna Seaman, Booklist

"Her poems pop up at many of life's turning points, including death. Readers go to her for solace, regeneration and inspiration . . . After a few hours in her quiet, exuberant presence, one feels as though the raw sunlight in the room, the brightness of the water, the white wood and flashing wings outside the window are bleaching unimportant details from the day."—Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

"A collection of poems that is moving, intense and evocative in its engagement of the natural world."—Angela O'Donnell, America

"Mary Oliver ranks among the finest poets the English language has ever produced. Whether she's describing a caterpillar's transformation . . . or describing her own mystical connection to birdsong . . . she almost always can come up with striking, resonant images. . . . Oliver observes with great sensitivity, and puts her impressions in verse in a way that few can match. . . . Her poetry is rigorous, beautiful, well written, and offers genuine insights into the natural world."—Eli Lehrer, The Weekly Standard

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807068922
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 8.77(h) x 0.53(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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I love mary oliver's new book. I saw her in person reading some of the new material, and it is great! no surprise, since all of her works are so inspiring.