In the making of her poems, Oliver wields the most delicate of instruments: precision similes and astonishing metaphors. Though Dream Work , her seventh book, is somewhat less sucessful than Twelve Moons or American Primitive , which won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize, few lyric voices can match hers in paying homage to the natural world. Yet, her "dream works" can be palpably tragic. Inured to the absence of her estranged father ("Rage" and "A Visitor"), Oliver "saw what love might have done had we loved in time." And "Members of the Tribe" is a remarkable address to artists and poets on death and art. There are still too many echoes of James Wright in her workreferences to body, blessing, blossom, and bone. But that is a minor demur against one who is developing into a major poet. J.P. Lewis, Integrative Studies Dept., Otterbein Coll., Westerville, Ohio
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classic, delicate, graceful. This is a great introduction to Mary Oliver's work. If you like Robert Frost, or T. Read morePublished 20 days ago by milla
I had not read her before and was not prepared for her eloquent examination of the dark side of nature.Published 2 months ago by Mollie Marshall
It is impossible to say which is my favorite from this collection but what I can say is Oliver concocts a potion here than can seep into and heal a soul that sometimes loses its... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kimberly L. Smith
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This was the first book of poems I ever read by this amazing poet. She is brilliant and has keen observations and contemplations about life. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Buck
I love every poem Mary Oliver has written.John Ciardi called poetry "Equipment for living" and she certain fits into that category!Published 9 months ago by Shira Nahari