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Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays Hardcover – September 30, 2003
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"Oliver has gained enormous popularity in recent years for the accessible yet highly articulate and profound treatment she gives each poem . . . This new title will bring much pleasure to the many readers who claim Oliver as their favorite poet, as well as to people new to her work." —Library Journal
"What we have here are moral essays in prose and verse, passionate meditations on the conduct of life. You will be the wiser—as I believe I am—for having read them." --Frank Wilson, Philadephia Inquirer
Top Customer Reviews
She has particularly two details that I appreciate very much from her writing:
1.) She plays vividly with light and darkness, creating an assorted array of contrasts that lets you intake the imagery as if you were there, watching what she did when she was struck by the arrow of poetic thinking.
2.) She has this most assuring way of dealing with death; death doesn't seem to bother her nor does it seem to be regarded as right and wrong, it simply is--like the keeper of life and the taker of it, too. She admires how death takes what it must but respects what life must keep in order to maintain balance. I think it's this particular characteristic that especially calls upon my attention and that lures me to keep on reading her writings.
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The writing is sparse but used with such a deft hand that you are awash with its beauty. Must read.Published 15 months ago by Jarrod Rowe
It is a book of very sweet stories about Owls and other birds. I am a fan of Mary Oliver's poetry and this one is excellent. I also love her book entitled DOG SONGS.Published 23 months ago by Zelda Barnard
Mary Oliver is my favorite contemporary poet, and this is a good example of her work. Sorry that she lost her companion, but
c"est la vie.
I love Mary Oliver's poetry and writings. She examines the great beauty and tragedy of life. It always gives me a new perspective on reality. I think her work is wonderful.Published on December 22, 2013 by Dottie Wren
Mary Oliver is my favorite poet, and this volume is just an exceptional example of her work. Her insights into nature are profound.Published on November 16, 2013 by S. Hankins
A beautiful publication with a wonderful selection of poems and essays by Mary Oliver. If you love the immediacy of nature and the mystery of an amazing world you will treasure... Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by Susie M.
Up to her usual lyrical style. Great little book - small enough to carry with, but plenty of good food-for-thought.Published on November 16, 2012 by exotec
Mary Oliver's work in general, and in this volume in particular, has restored my faith in American poetry. Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Terri