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New and Selected Poems, Volume One

New and Selected Poems, Volume One

by Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver was awarded the National Book Award for New and Selected Poems, Volume One. Since its initial appearance it has become one of the best-selling volumes of poetry in the country. This collection features thirty poems published only in this volume as well as selections from the poet's first eight books.

Mary Oliver's perceptive, brilliantly crafted poems about the natural landscape and the fundamental questions of life and death have won high praise from critics and readers alike. "Do you love this world?" she interrupts a poem about peonies to ask the reader. "Do you cherish your humble and silky life?" She makes us see the extraordinary in our everyday lives, how something as common as light can be "an invitation/to happiness,/and that happiness,/when it's done right,/is a kind of holiness,/palpable and redemptive." She illuminates how a near miss with an alligator can be the catalyst for seeing the world "as if for the second time/the way it really is." Oliver's passionate demonstrations of delight are powerful reminders of the bond between every individual, all living things, and the natural world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807068779
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 04/15/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 43,468
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

A private person by nature, Mary Oliver (1935–2019) gave very few interviews over the years. Instead, she preferred 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 twenty books of poetry and six books of 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).

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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