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Why I Wake Early: New Poems [NOOK Book]

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The forty-seven new works in this volume include poems on crickets, toads, trout lilies, black snakes, goldenrod, bears, greeting the morning, watching the deer, and, finally, lingering in happiness. Each poem is imbued with the extraordinary perceptions of a poet who considers the everyday in our lives and the natural world around us and finds a multitude of reasons to wake early.
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Overview

The forty-seven new works in this volume include poems on crickets, toads, trout lilies, black snakes, goldenrod, bears, greeting the morning, watching the deer, and, finally, lingering in happiness. Each poem is imbued with the extraordinary perceptions of a poet who considers the everyday in our lives and the natural world around us and finds a multitude of reasons to wake early.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Mary Oliver's poetry:

'These are life enhancing and redemptive poems that coax the sublime from the subliminal.' --Sally Connolly, Poetry

'Mary Oliver's poems are natural growths out of a loam of perception and feeling, and instinctive skill with language makes them seem effortless. Reading them is a sensual delight.' --May Swenson

'The gift of Oliver's poetry is that she communicates the beauty she finds in the world and makes it unforgettable.’ -Miami Herald

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807096994
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 4/15/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 256,773
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Mary Oliver
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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Table of Contents

Why I Wake Early 3
Bone 4
Freshen the Flowers, She Said 7
Where Does the Temple Begin, Where Does It End? 8
Beans 10
The Arrowhead 11
Trout Lilies 12
The Poet Goes to Indiana 13
The Snow Cricket 15
The Lover of Earth Cannot Help Herself 17
Have You Seen Blacksnake Swimming? 19
How Everything Adores Being Alive 20
Clouds 22
Spring at Blackwater: I Go Though the Lessons Already Learned 23
The Lily 24
Look and See 26
This World 27
At Black River 28
The Marsh Hawk 30
Breakage 32
Where Does the Dance Begin, Where Does It End? 33
Snow Geese 34
What Was Once the Largest Shopping Center in Northern Ohio Was Built Where There Had Been a Pond I Used to Visit Every Summer Afternoon 36
The Dovekie 37
Something 38
Logos 40
Bear 41
Many Miles 42
Luna 43
"Just a minute," said a voice ... 45
This Morning I Watched the Deer 49
The Old Poets of China 50
White-eyes 51
Yellowlegs 53
The Best I Could Do 54
The Wren from Carolina 56
Some Things, Say the Wise Ones 57
Mindful 58
Song of the Builders 60
Look Again 61
Goldenrod, Late Fall 62
November 63
Daisies 65
One 66
The Soul at Last 68
The Pinewoods 69
Lingering in Happiness 71
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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    Soothing and beautiful

    Mary Oliver has articulated those delicate feelings which come from observing nature and being at peace. She also articulates what it's like when that peace is disturbed somehow. Reading her poetry out loud lets her words sink in, one by one, as I feel what she felt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2005

    The Eyes of Mary

    Mary Oliver looks; she sees everything in infinite yet minute detail. When we see a sunset, or a flower, we have many different thoughts and emotions in a barrage of human feeling; somehow Oliver encompasses all of this, this deep appreciation of the beauty of nature, with the sweep of a few short words. My favorite poem from this collection is 'Where Does the Temple Begin, Where Does It End?'

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