Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

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A New York Times Bestseller, chosen as Oprah''s "Books That Help Me Through" for Oprah''s Book Club

“No matter where one starts reading, Devotions offers much to love, from Oliver''s exuberant dog poems to selections from the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Primitive, and Dream Work, one of her exceptional collections. Perhaps more important, the luminous writing provides respite from our crazy world and demonstrates how mindfulness can define and transform a life, moment by moment, poem by poem.” —The Washington Post

“It’s as if the poet herself has sidled beside the reader and pointed us to the poems she considers most worthy of deep consideration.” —Chicago Tribune

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career.


Throughout her celebrated career, Mary Oliver has touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verse, expounding on her love for the physical world and the powerful bonds between all living things. Identified as "far and away, this country''s best selling poet" by Dwight Garner, she now returns with a stunning and definitive collection of her writing from the last fifty years.

Carefully curated, these 200 plus poems feature Oliver''s work from her very first book of poetry, No Voyage and Other Poems, published in 1963 at the age of 28, through her most recent collection, Felicity, published in 2015. This timeless volume, arranged by Oliver herself, showcases the beloved poet at her edifying best. Within these pages, she provides us with an extraordinary and invaluable collection of her passionate, perceptive, and much-treasured observations of the natural world.

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“In Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver (Penguin), one of our most beloved writers offers both the best of her work and a spiritual road map of sorts. Spanning more than 50 years and featuring more than 200 poems, the collection shows Oliver, in the early years, turning away from grief and finding in nature a ''vast, incredible gift.'' Over time, as she carefully observes and records, Oliver extols the beauty and complexity around her and reminds us of the interconnectedness of living. She also asks important questions, such as ''have you ever dared to be happy/ . . . have you ever dared to pray,'' and ''Tell me, what it is you plan to do/ with your one wild and precious life?'' Those lines resonate as much today as when she first penned them decades ago. No matter where one starts reading, Devotions offers much to love, from Oliver''s exuberant dog poems to selections from the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Primitive, and Dream Work, one of her exceptional collections. Perhaps more important, the luminous writing provides respite from our crazy world and demonstrates how mindfulness can define and transform a life, moment by moment, poem by poem.” — The Washington Post

“It’s as if the poet herself has sidled beside the reader and pointed us to the poems she considers most worthy of deep consideration.” Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Born in a small town in Ohio,  Mary Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of 28. Over the course of her long career, she received numerous awards. Her fourth book,  American Primitive, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984. She led workshops and held residencies at various colleges and universities, including Bennington College, where she held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching. She died in 2019.

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AT BLACKWATER POND

At Blackwater Pond the tossed waters have settled
after a night of rain.
I dip my cupped hands. I drink
a long time. It tastes
like stone, leaves, fire. It falls cold
into my body, waking the bones. I hear them
deep inside me, whispering
oh what is that beautiful thing
that just happened?

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Beth Surdut
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This will become your morning ritual
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2017
If you only ever bought one collection of Mary Oliver''s poems, this should be it. And if you have others, you should own this one, too." Devotions" is an apt title. Due to the current climate of distressing politics, a sociopathic president, and world tragedies,... See more
If you only ever bought one collection of Mary Oliver''s poems, this should be it. And if you have others, you should own this one, too." Devotions" is an apt title. Due to the current climate of distressing politics, a sociopathic president, and world tragedies, even though I create programs for NPR, I keep the radio off first thing in the morning. Instead, I choose to start my day sitting outside with this book, a cup of a coffee, birdsong, and the company of my cat.

FROM THE BOOK OF TIME
I rose this morning early as usual, and went to my desk,
But it''s spring.

and the thrush is in the woods,
somewhere in the twirled branches, and he is singing.

And now, so, I am standing by the open door.
And now I am stepping down onto the grass.

I an touching a few leaves,
I am noticing the way the yellow butterflies
move together, in a twinkling cloud, over the field.

And I am thinking: maybe just looking and listening
is the real work.

Maybe the world, without us
is the real poem.
--Mary Oliver
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The poetry is beautiful. If you can afford only one book of ...
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2017
This book is lovely. The poetry is beautiful. If you can afford only one book of Mary Oliver''s poetry consider buying this book. It has poems from 1963 to 2015, poems selected by the poet for inclusion in this collection. EXCELLENT!
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Stunning body of work
Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2017
I can''t begin to describe how deeply these poems touch me. They''ve been a corner stone of solace and understanding my entire adult life. This collection is stunning.
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Entering the World of Mary Oliver: Such a Gift!
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2019
A mere two years before her death, this anthology was published of 200 of Mary Oliver''s poems. Suprisingly, it is arranged in reverse chronological order from 2015 to 1963. Nonetheless, it provides a unique perspective allowing the poetry lover to see how Oliver honed her... See more
A mere two years before her death, this anthology was published of 200 of Mary Oliver''s poems. Suprisingly, it is arranged in reverse chronological order from 2015 to 1963. Nonetheless, it provides a unique perspective allowing the poetry lover to see how Oliver honed her style to be more like Robert Frost: terse but full of meaning than her longer, earlier pieces. Like a finely plaited braid, Mary Oliver entwines three major themes.

She is a deist and her God is a Christian God. Though she quotes from both the Old and New Testaments, her language reflects more of the New replete with words like: grace, prayer, rapture and praise. She has no doubt that there is a God for the reader need only see dawn conquer the darkness to know each day is a recreation of the first day. Though she never overtly writes of resurrection, her frequent reflections on death suggest an eternity of existence. In WHITE OWL FLIES INTO AND OUT OF THE FIELD, Oliver writes "...so I thought maybe death isn''t darkness, after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us- as soft as feathers-that we are instantly weary of looking and looking and shut our eyes not with amazement, and let ourselves be carried, as though the translucence of mica to the river that is without the least dapple or shadow- that is nothing but light-scalding, aortal light- in which we are washed and washed out of our bones."

Another frequent theme is the wonder and beauty of nature. In the style of Walt Whittman, she praises all forms of fauna, flora and aquatic environments from the tiny puddle to the vast ocean. She marvels at the blue of the sky, the blackness of night, the moon''s refelctions amid the stars, "those hot, hard watchmen of the night." Looking and listening are our major tasks to appreciate nature fully. She writes, "To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work." In her poem HUM, Oliver is literally "buzzing" with excitement and creativity as she follows a worker bee gather and carry pollen to the hive.

Finally, Oliver underscores her joy in love and companionship. There are hints throughout her poems of a lonely and perhaps neglected childhood. She relishes sharing food and drink with her partner and dogs and the joy of physical closeness. She shares her saddness at the loss of a friend whose "closeness was like a flame, and now I am forever cold..."

In THE LOON ON OAK-HEAD POND, she writes of listening to the call of loons stopping over on the pond while heading home to the north "...you come every afternoon and wait to hear it. you sit a long time, quiet, under the thick pines, in the silence that follows. as though it were your own twilight. as though it were your own vanishing song." This marvelous collection of Oliver''s poems keeps her voice forever resonating in the reader''s mind and heart.
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One of My Most Precious Things
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2017
I have been slowly making my way through this book. A page or two a day, enough to fill my mind with the images Mary Oliver conveys. I always walk away from my days reading uplifted and reminded to see the glory that surrounds me every day. This collection of her life’s... See more
I have been slowly making my way through this book. A page or two a day, enough to fill my mind with the images Mary Oliver conveys. I always walk away from my days reading uplifted and reminded to see the glory that surrounds me every day. This collection of her life’s work is a treasure and one I will keep at my bedside for years to come.
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Devotions helps in Yoga Classes!
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2017
I LOVE this book by Mary Oliver. I got introduced to Mary''s poems about 8 years ago while attending a spiritual class. Now I read a poem of hers to my yoga students in every class I teach!
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If you like Mary Oliver you need this
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2017
If you like Mary Oliver you need this! Until they come out with The Complete Mary Oliver, this is worth the purchase!
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Great compilation...
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2017
Wonderful compilation of many of my favorite poems ... great for late night read; it has a place of honor next to my bed.
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Mary Oliver RIP
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 20, 2019
Lovely, earthy and non-fancy poetry. These poems glimmer and sparkle and remind one to go and be astonished by the world. Sit beneath trees and ponder the dragonfly. The world is a lesser place without Mary Oliver. But her rich soul resides in these words.See more
Lovely, earthy and non-fancy poetry. These poems glimmer and sparkle and remind one to go and be astonished by the world. Sit beneath trees and ponder the dragonfly. The world is a lesser place without Mary Oliver. But her rich soul resides in these words.
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A wonderful book with a collection of poems by Mary Oliver
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 4, 2018
A wonderful book with a collection of poems by Mary Oliver. There are poems for many life experiences and a great collection especially about dogs. I love this book. I also recommend looking her up on YouTube to see and hear her read some of her poems. She does so...See more
A wonderful book with a collection of poems by Mary Oliver. There are poems for many life experiences and a great collection especially about dogs. I love this book. I also recommend looking her up on YouTube to see and hear her read some of her poems. She does so beautifully.
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I enjoyed the layout of this book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 24, 2018
I am a devoted Mary Oliver fan who own most of her books. I enjoyed the layout of this book, and enjoyed re-reading poems I know and love, re-reading ones I have read before but had forgotten, and especially loved finding poems I''d never read before. Would totally recommend...See more
I am a devoted Mary Oliver fan who own most of her books. I enjoyed the layout of this book, and enjoyed re-reading poems I know and love, re-reading ones I have read before but had forgotten, and especially loved finding poems I''d never read before. Would totally recommend this collection.
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Heart stoppingly beautiful poetry.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 4, 2019
Beautiful. I hadn''t heard of this poet before her death earlier this year. What a shame. Oliver was a true poet who had an incredibly sure sense of language and insisted in speaking in clear intelligible terms but whose sensitivity could break your heart and give it back to...See more
Beautiful. I hadn''t heard of this poet before her death earlier this year. What a shame. Oliver was a true poet who had an incredibly sure sense of language and insisted in speaking in clear intelligible terms but whose sensitivity could break your heart and give it back to you whole. A wonderful collection.
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A book of pure delight
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 2, 2018
Mary''s poetry draws you in, makes you think and is totally inspiring. This book brings together her best. For mindfulness officiados it is totally complementary and for those who recognise Gods majesty through his creation it is a book of pure delight.
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Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale

Devotions: The Selected popular Poems of new arrival Mary Oliver online sale