Her poems are so positive, sometimes bitter-sweet, but they make me feel good or smile. If you're new to poetry, like myself, I would definitely recommend Mary Oliver's poetry. Especially the first volume. Aug 24, Jenny rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry. I have been trying to find a poet I like, and Mary Oliver is probably one of my current favorites. This collection is beautiful in all senses the word can be used; I normally find nature poems and stories hard to get into, but Oliver uses nature and living creatures to illuminate the self or the "soul".
When I read her poems, I feel as if I am finally seeing the things that are important: the world around us as it is, words that are used to create something beautiful, and who I am, and could b I have been trying to find a poet I like, and Mary Oliver is probably one of my current favorites. When I read her poems, I feel as if I am finally seeing the things that are important: the world around us as it is, words that are used to create something beautiful, and who I am, and could be--if I choose to look instead of searching, if I choose to fall into, instead of holding back, if I choose to breathe instead of fighting breath.
She inspires me to write. Aug 13, l. I am amazed by my hate for her poetry! They were not disappointed when they saw the scissors, rather they brace themselves sweetly and shone with willingness. They were on tall and tender poles, with wheels of leaves. They were soft as the ears of kittens. They felt warm in recognition of the summer day. A dozen was plenty. I held them in my arms.
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They were silent the way the deepest water is silent. If they wondered where they were goin I am amazed by my hate for her poetry! If they wondered where they were going they didn't show it, as they sprinkled freely over my shirt and my hands their precious gold dust.
Dec 20, Rafael rated it it was amazing Shelves: classics-of-my-heart , lyrik , in-search-of-the-good-life , poetry. And every forest path I walk, whenever I see a heron or listen to a singing bird I get back to your natural kingdom, Mary, and there is nothing else to be done, no higher purpose or meaning to be found beyond the miraculous simplicity of our bare existence. Jan 27, Stacey rated it really liked it.
I must admit -- I selected Mary Oliver's poetry collection only after spying the cover of the book. She looks so much like my mother; yet in spirit, the two could not be farther apart. These poems slow down your heartbeat and make you take a good look at nature and beauty all around us. As she says in her eloquent poem Mindful , "Nor am I talking about the exceptional, the fearful, the dreadful, the very extravagant -- but of the ordinary, the common, the very drab Jan 28, ezra rated it it was amazing.
These are poems that you thought were impossible until you read them. Mary Oliver takes poetry back to its simple original purpose: to celebrate. I am skeptical of nature poetry normally.
It seems so "wishy-washy. I mean, I think if you wanted to define "beauty" to somebody who never heard of it, one of these poems would be the thing to give them. Jan 21, Kevin rated it really liked it. Seamus Heany once signed a book of poems for Angela and he talked about how poems we enjoy give us back what was ours they reminds us previous experiences we've had in our life.
This was Angela's intent when she bought this book of poems for me to read. I am very grateful. Jun 07, Crysta rated it it was amazing. I adore Oliver, and this is the first time I've read a collection of her poetry, mostly one or two a night over a couple months. I love her imagery, her connection with nature, and her sheer joy and wonder at being alive. She asks haunting questions and leaves you to ponder the answers. A poem for every day, every season.
Sep 17, Sunni rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry , favorites. This collection is one I return to again and again.
Even though Mary Oliver has published a lot since this book, and much of it has been very good, none of it has surpassed this one. Everything is new and surprising. Nov 15, Nancy McKinley rated it really liked it. Fresh, Earthy and whimsical are the words I'd use to describe Mary Oliver's work. I delighted in her words and her slant on life, especially the natural one.
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I will seek out more of her books in the future. Nov 04, Jypsy rated it it was amazing. In my opinion, Mary Oliver never writes anything not worth reading. I love all of her work. Mar 04, Kris - My Novelesque Life rated it it was amazing.
The poems are selected from Oliver's past collections. Apr 11, Guinevere de la Mare rated it it was amazing Shelves: I want to roll around in Mary Oliver's words like a dog in a meadow full of deer pee. Happy Poetry Month! Jul 10, Margaret rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry. I shouldn't need reminding, but I do. And Oliver does just that: She reminds me why the world needs poetry.
Jan 13, Derek Parsons rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry. No poet speaks so clearly to me. That is all. Feb 20, Kim rated it it was amazing Shelves: nature , poetry.
I love Mary Oliver very much!! I have nothing to say about this book of poems, other than it was a sheer delight to read a few every morning right after waking up!!!! Mary Oliver made waking up at a. Jan 24, Stephanie rated it really liked it Shelves: Timely and lovely. Oh, to be 'a simple woman, made happy by simple things. Feb 16, Catherine rated it it was amazing. Jun 22, Liz VanDerwerken rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , poetry.
Mary Oliver reigns eternal. This volume spanned the s to mids and showcases a wide breadth of her evolving work. I loved a lot of poems throughout, but I really loved the selections from "West Wind" which really showed a different side to Oliver's body of work. Jun 25, Kate Simpson rated it it was amazing. My favorite poet. I feel like she and I would be great friends if the opportunity arose. Jun 17, Miranda rated it liked it. Just last week, The Porch Hags Society held its first meeting. PHS is a group of ladies with a fond appreciation for writing poetry.
We sat and read work we've already written and did exercises and themes to work off of while in each others' presence. I found it extremely liberating and tried to pin down exactly what style I was going for having never written much poetry in the past. And I noticed that as spring and summer loomed that a love for nature entwined with the city shone through my wo Just last week, The Porch Hags Society held its first meeting. And I noticed that as spring and summer loomed that a love for nature entwined with the city shone through my work.
And so I was grateful to look at an example of naturalist poetry through Oliver. To use it and understand what it really means to look. Especially at those things constantly around us. It might just be another day for a farmer to find a dead fox or for a certain species of birds to return once spring has arrived.
But it becomes so much bigger through Oliver's eyes and I admired that.
At times, I must admit, it became tiresome, especially when you realize, with the help of a collection, that she can often use the same images and the same objects over and over again. A great poet, yes, but a growing poet? I wouldn't say she is. She is comfortable in her style and that's ok.