American Primitive

American Primitive

by Mary Oliver, Mary Cliver


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316650045
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/30/1983
Pages: 88
Sales rank: 64,193
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.25(d)

About 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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American Primitive 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Every year everything I have ever learned in my lifetime leads back to this: the fires and the black river of loss, whose other side is salvation. . . To live in this world you must be able to do three things: To love what is mortal; and to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and when the time comes, to let it go.' This is Mary Oliver's 'The Three Things,' from American Primitive. This is one of my favorite poems. It helped me to memorialize a deceased friend in 1997 when my heart was breaking. I recently quoted it in a note of sympathy to a friend. American Primitive is an excellent book, and I recommend it for anyone who is going through times of great feeling.
realbigcat on LibraryThing 23 days ago
It's easy to see why Mary Oliver is a Pulitzer Prize winner. Her words on the simple pleasures of nature strike a beautiful, simplistic chord with the reader. The best poems aren't complex but rather simple. They point out what we already see around us. Mary Oliver just does this better than anyone else.
DonnaMarieMerritt on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Two of my favorites from this collection: "Fall Song" and "Crossing the Swamp"
jaemaree on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Ugh! she just transports me to the still places
Anonymous More than 1 year ago