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A Thousand Mornings Hardcover – October 11, 2012
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The book opens with the wry humor of "I Go Down to the Shore," and moves from there to the Roethkean questionings of "I Happened to Be Standing": "But I thought, of the wren's singing, what could this be if it isn't a prayer?" There are several one-paragraph prose poems of "earth-praise," which will entice those readers who are willing to be enticed. There is a dialogue with a fox, resumed from earlier books, and a nod to Bob Dylan, expanding on one of the book's epigraphs, Dylan's words: "Anything worth thinking about is also worth singing about." Oliver speaks of growth in the midst of devastation in the poem "Hurricane"; and this reader smiled at "Three Things to Remember," even if the poem was too baldly "proverbial."
The change of the seasons, summer to autumn, is depicted in "Lines Written in the Days of Growing Darkness," although to be sure, there is metaphoric darkness:
So let us go on, cheerfully enough,
this and every crisping day,
though the sun be swinging east,
and the ponds be cold and black,
and the sweets of the year be doomed.
The title poem, "A Thousand Mornings," is a prose-poem of a single sentence, but we do not indict the poem for brevity, when it speaks of "mak[ing] its way however it can over the rough ground of uncertainties, but only until night meets and then is overwhelmed by morning, the light deepening, the wind easing...Read more ›
The Morning Paper
Read one newspaper daily (the morning edition
is the best
for by evening you know that you at least
have lived through another day)
and let the disasters, the unbelievable
yet approved decisions,
I don't need to name the countries,
ours among them.
What keeps us from falling down, our faces
to the ground;ashamed, ashamed?
This is the first time I've downloaded poetry to my Kindle, and I am eager to see if I read it more often this way.
I gave this three stars because, while I'm a huge fan of Oliver's and did enjoy it, I didn't LOVE it. Does that mean it's a bad book? Not at all. In fact, if you're an Oliver fan, you're happy that she's still putting out books in her iconic style.
This book is no exception. I just spent a lovely afternoon savoring this book and I'm buying more copies for friends.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Mary Oliver. She is the type of poet that I like to read by the river, or in the middle of a forest. I love how in tune with nature she makes you feel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brittney Christ
To read Mary Oliver is to understand the wonders lIfe and nature.Published 2 months ago by John Dineen
I've connected with just about everything I've read from May Oliver. I wish to share this with as many people as possible.Published 2 months ago by Aldo Walker
If you watch sunrises and feel inspired by the beauty and power of nature, then you will connect with Mary Oliver's poems. A great read and re-read.Published 3 months ago by Michael Weber