Mary Oliver’s Dog Songs is a celebration of the special bond between human and dog, as understood through the poet’s relationships to the canines that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her work. Oliver’s poems begin in the small everyday moments familiar to all dog lovers, but through her extraordinary vision, these observations become higher meditations on the world and our place in it.
Dog Songs includes visits with old friends, like Oliver’s beloved Percy, and introduces still others in poems of love and laughter, heartbreak and grief. Throughout, the many dogs of Oliver’s life merge as fellow travelers and as guides, uniquely able to open our eyes to the lessons of the moment and the joys of nature and connection.
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|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||7.60(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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FIRST TIME PERCY CAME BACK
The first time Percy came back he was not sailing on a cloud.
those white curls—
of my coming back and they won’t be false, and they won’t be true,
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Copyright © 2013 Mary Oliver.
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Table of Contents
How It Begins 1
How It Is with Us, and How It Is with Them 3
If You Are Holding This Book 5
Every Dog's Story 7
The Storm (Bear) 9
Luke's Junkyard Song 15
Her Grave 23
Benjamin, Who Came from Who Knows Where 31
The Dog Has Run Off Again 33
Holding On to Benjamin 35
The Poetry Teacher 39
Little Dog's Rhapsody in the Night 51
Time Passes 53
Percy Wakes Me 57
The Sweetness of Dogs 61
Percy Speaks While I Am Doing Taxes 63
Percy, Waiting for Ricky 65
Percy (2002-2009) 67
For I Will Consider My Dog Percy 69
The First Time Percy Came Back 77
Ricky Talks About Talking 79
The Wicked Smile 83
The Traveler 87
Show Time 89
A Bad Day 93
How a Lot of Us Become Friends 101
You Never Know Where a Conversation Is Going to Go 103
Dog Talk 107
What People are Saying About This
The New York Times
“Dog Songs....is a sweet golden retriever of a book that curls up with the reader.”