From the Publisher
Oliver has the ability to transform everyday life events into something extraordinary. . . . [She shows us a natural world that is too often forgotten, in all its humor, grace and absolute loveliness.] —Emily Nicklin, Nature Conservancy
"Oliver, one of the country's most popular and highly awarded poets, presents . . . beautifully tempered lyrics celebrating the splendor of the living world . . . Oliver's signature tropes are as vital as ever-her beloved birds, dogs, snakes, and ocean are all summoned to capture the breathtaking glory of life." —Booklist
"The work of Mary Oliver is one of those rare and lovely convergences. She is a lyric artist with a riveted eye and an enormous heart, one of the nation's great spiritual sentinels."—Brian Doyle, Christian Century
"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
"All summer I made friends/with the creatures nearby...." Oliver's latest volume offers new and previously collected poems, as well as two essays, celebrating all manner of critters and the worlds they inhabit. From the small, the curious, and the commonly overlooked-grasshoppers, snow crickets, and whelks, for example-to the wild and intimidating, like coyotes, and, of course, the possibly mythical bear that haunts the Truro woods, the natural world is made more real and dangerous and, yet, inexplicably inviting in these poems. A prose piece tells about how "In a corner of the stairwell of this rented house a most astonishing adventure is going on," and accounts the details of a nesting spider; while a poem tells, not "about foolishness,/but about how I rose from the ground/and saw the world as if for the second time" after near-death by alligator. There is even a baker's dozen of poems about Percy, her dog, a lovable recurring character in her work. In all, this book is an affirmation: "everything,/even the great whale,/throbs with song." Recommended for all contemporary poetry collections.