Why I Wake Early: New Poems

Why I Wake Early: New Poems

by Mary Oliver

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Why I Wake Early: New Poems by Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver has been writing poetry for nearly five decades, and in that time she has become America's foremost poetic voice on our experience of the physical world. This collection presents forty new poems—an entire volume in itself—along with works chosen by Oliver from the six books she has published since New and Selected Poems, Volume One.

This graceful volume, designed to be paired with New and Selected Poems, Volume One, includes new poems on birds, toads, flowers, insects, bodies of water, and the extraordinary experience of the everyday in our lives. In the words of Alicia Ostriker, 'Mary Oliver moves by instinct, faith, and determination. She is among our finest poets, and still growing.' In both the older and new poems, Mary Oliver is a poet at the height of her control of image and language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807068793
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 04/15/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 88
Sales rank: 109,699
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.24(d)

About the Author

Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and the National Book Award, is one of the most celebrated and best-selling poets in America. Her books include New and Selected Poems, Volume One and New and Selected Poems, Volume Two; Why I Wake Early; Owls and Other Fantasies; House of Light; Dream Work; White Pine; West Wind; The Leaf and the Cloud; and What Do We Know. She has also published five books of prose, including Blue Pastures, Rules for the Dance, and Winter Hours, and an audio, At Blackwater Pond.

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Why I Wake Early: New Poems 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Sketched-by-nature More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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My second book of her poetry and it did not disappoint.