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Thirst: Poems
     

Thirst: Poems

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by Mary Oliver
 

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Thirst, a collection of forty-three new poems from Pulitzer Prize-winner Mary Oliver, introduces two new directions in the poet's work. Grappling with grief at the death of her beloved partner of over forty years, she strives to experience sorrow as a path to spiritual progress, grief as part of loving and not its end. And within these pages she chronicles for

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Thirst, a collection of forty-three new poems from Pulitzer Prize-winner Mary Oliver, introduces two new directions in the poet's work. Grappling with grief at the death of her beloved partner of over forty years, she strives to experience sorrow as a path to spiritual progress, grief as part of loving and not its end. And within these pages she chronicles for the frst time her discovery of faith, without abandoning the love of the physical world that has been a hallmark of her work for four decades.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807069035
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
10/15/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
88
Sales rank:
307,877
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

A private person by nature, Mary Oliver has given very few interviews over the years. Instead, she prefers to let her work speak for itself. And speak it has, for the past five decades, to countless readers. The New York Times recently acknowledged Mary Oliver as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet.” Born in a small town in Ohio, Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of 28; No Voyage and Other Poems, originally printed in the UK by Dent Press, was reissued in the United States in 1965 by Houghton Mifflin. Oliver has since published many works of poetry and prose. As a young woman, Oliver studied at Ohio State University and Vassar College, but took no degree. She lived for several years at the home of Edna St. Vincent Millay in upper New York state, companion to the poet’s sister Norma Millay. It was there, in the late ’50s, that she met photographer Molly Malone Cook. For more than forty years, Cook and Oliver made their home together, largely in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where they lived until Cook’s death in 2005. Over the course of her long and illustrious career, Oliver has received numerous awards. Her fourth book, American Primitive, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984. She has also received the Shelley Memorial Award; a Guggenheim Fellowship; an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Achievement Award; the Christopher Award and the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award for House of Light; the National Book Award for New and Selected Poems; a Lannan Foundation Literary Award; and the New England Booksellers Association Award for Literary Excellence. Oliver’s essays have appeared in Best American Essays 1996, 1998, 2001; the Anchor Essay Annual 1998, as well as Orion, Onearth and other periodicals. Oliver was editor of Best American Essays 2009. Oliver’s books on the craft of poetry, A Poetry Handbook and Rules for the Dance, are used widely in writing programs. She is an acclaimed reader and has read in practically every state as well as other countries. She has led workshops at various colleges and universities, and held residencies at Case Western Reserve University, Bucknell University, University of Cincinnati, and Sweet Briar College. From 1995, for five years, she held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Bennington College. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from The Art Institute of Boston (1998), Dartmouth College (2007) and Tufts University (2008). Oliver currently lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the inspiration for much of her work.

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Thirst 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
KEGlee More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to the title because living in the desert thirst is an ever present concern. I was delighted when I began reading THIRST to find it was about the other unquenchable THIRST in one's life, the search for peace and joy, and a higher being. Mary Oliver creates from her palate of words some of the most wonderful places a reader would want to go. The poetry style is easy reading. I would classify her writing as excerpts of insights rather than poems. Mary Oliver's THIRST enlightened my mind and delighted my soul. I would encourage anyone who is seeking peace, quite, and perhaps even their God, to read THIRST, Poems by Mary Oliver.
karlek2 More than 1 year ago
OLIVER, Mary. Thirst: Poems by Mary Oliver. Beacon Press. 2006. 71 p. 5 stars. Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Mary Oliver has penned another collection of forty-three moving and meaningful poems. Coping with the loss of her lifelong partner, Oliver's latest book contains poems full of grief, confusion and spiritual hope. Similar to her other works (of which there are over 20), Thirst focuses on the themes of the natural world, the fluid physical environment and living beings; as a result Oliver presents us with a heart-felt, basic and pure way of looking at life (and death as a part of life). "Wherever else I live-in music, in words, in the fires of the heart, I abide just as deeply in this nameless, indivisible place, this world, which is falling apart now, which is white and wild, which is faithful beyond all our expressions of faith, our deepest prayers" (2-3). As always, Oliver is able to describe what we feel and see in a pure and remarkable way. She is not gratuitous with her words (some poems are only two sentences long) yet she conveys a sentiment or thought beautifully. The book's layout is simplistic; there are no illustrations except for the cover photograph. The cover art is made to mimic a linen journal. The font is the same throughout and basic in style. The reader is forced to focus on Oliver's poems, her words. Her basic themes and simple style allow readers new to the genre to approach poetry without feeling lost or overwhelmed. This volume would be suitable for high school readers and should be available to anyone with an appreciation for nature or life's trials and triumphs. After completing this collection, I can only say I was thirsty for more.
hestia More than 1 year ago
I found Thirst to feels like a book of prayers and not poetry. It was warm and welcoming and just what I needed to help me through a dark time in life.
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Where were we?
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All small typed examples are unreadable even if you increase font size to very high. The rest of the content is great. Had to quit reading it.
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