New and Selected Poems, Volume One

New and Selected Poems, Volume One

by Mary Oliver

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ISBN-13: 9780807068779
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 04/15/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 71,808
Product dimensions: 5.97(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.79(d)

About 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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Table of Contents

New Poems
Spring Azures
When Death Comes
Picking Blueberries, Austerlitz, New York, 1957
Her Grave
The Waterfall
This Morning Again It Was in the Dusty Pines
Field Near Linden, Alabama
Alligator Poem
Goldfi nches
A Certain Sharpness in the Morning Air
A Bitterness
Water Snake
The Egret
The Snowshoe Hare
The Sun
Lonely, White Fields
Hummingbird Pauses at the Trumpet Vine
White Flowers

From House of Light (1990)
Some Questions You Might Ask
Moccasin Flowers
The Buddha’s Last Instruction
The Hermit Crab
The Swan
Some Herons
Five a.m. in the Pinewoods
Little Owl Who Lives in the Orchard
The Kookaburras
The Lilies Break Open Over the Dark Water
The Ponds
The Summer Day
Roses, Late Summer
White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field

From Dream Work (1986)
Morning Poem
Wild Geese
Robert Schumann
The Journey
A Visitor
Stanley Kunitz
One or Two Things
The Turtle
Two Kinds of Deliverance
The Moths
1945–1985: Poem for the Anniversary
The Sunflowers

From American Primitive (1983)
First Snow
Rain in Ohio
University Hospital, Boston
Skunk Cabbage
White Night
The Fish
Crossing the Swamp
A Meeting
The Sea
In Blackwater Woods

From Twelve Moons (1979)
Sleeping in the Forest
The Black Snake
Strawberry Moon
The Truro Bear
Entering the Kingdom
Buck Moon—From the Field Guide to Insects
The Lamps
Bone Poem
Aunt Leaf
Hunter’s Moon— Eating the Bear
Last Days
The Black Walnut Tree
Wolf Moon
The Night Traveler

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New and Selected Poems: Volume One 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MARYOHVA More than 1 year ago
Winner of National Book Award
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Danika15 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I really enjoyed reading it. I liked it so much actually because you didn't have to follow along with a story. You could read it whenever you felt and didn't have to worry about forgetting anything or remembering characters. It was a very easy read that I would recomend for everyone to read. There were some really good motivational poems in this book. If I could I would choose to read all the other volumes of this book for the oth book projects, but even though I can't I will definately read them in my spare time.
Ging_y More than 1 year ago
This is the first poem book I have ever read that hasn't rhymed. It's a really good book, as clever written as it is, it does get borring after a while. After you read for about 1/2 an hour, it feels like you are reading about the same thing over and over again. I would recommend this book however, because it is very well written and it is so out of the ordinary. Young adult literature is so stricken and rule biding, now a days, you would never expect to see a kid say "my favorite book is a non-rhyming poem book by Mary Oliver, and it sounds like this..." It is kind of book that has to be a personal choice of reading. It has no plot or set characters. You conjure things from your own interpretation of the book. You mentally take what you can connect with away from the book when you read poetry as literature. That is what I feel about "New and Selected Poems" by Mary Oliver.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy this book and really respect Mary Oliver as a poet and fellow human being. The prose flowed very nicely as all great poetry should. If you enjoy poetry about nature then this is the book for you. Mary is a woman that views the Natural World in an amazing and different way. Read 'Mushroom' and you'll see what I mean.