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Cherished nature poet Oliver begins her twentieth collection by asking, “What can I say that I have not said before?” Then continues reporting on the wisdom she gleans in woods and on the beach, making each dispatch fresh and startling by way of the vitality of her encompassing vision and the fluidity and shine of her language. Her love for dogs remains ardent; she is still enthralled by birds and unrepentant in her celebration of beauty. The sun of her gratitude is great, illuminating beloved household objects, the rapidity of a hummingbird, and “the drowse of mountains.” The poet gets bloodied when she tries to help an injured gull, which inspires her to declare, “I love this world, even in its hard places. / A bird too must love this world, / even in its hard places. / So, even if the effort may come to nothing, / you have to do something.” Oliver’s plainspoken yet ringing poems are testimony to joy, prayers, and sermons. She concurs: “Okay, I confess to wanting to make a literature of praise.” --Donna Seaman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Praise for Mary Oliver

"She is, far and away, this country's best selling poet." —Dwight Garner, New York Times Book Review

"You can pick up pretty much any Mary Oliver collection and be thrilled, but Swan...is so piercing and penetrating that form seems to fall away, an unnecessary stage for the rocket." —Brian Doyle, Christian Century

"Oliver reminds us of the mystery and necessity of poetry, whose source is, ultimately, the Creator." —Angela O'Donnell, America

“One of the astonishing aspects of Oliver’s work is the consistency of tone over this long period [of her career]. What changes is an increased focus on nature and an increased precision with language that has made her one of our very best poets. . . . Although few poets have fewer human beings in their poems than Mary Oliver, it is ironic that few poets also go so far to help us forward.”—Stephen Dobyns, New York Times Book Review 
 
“Mary Oliver’s poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her special gift is to connect us with our sources in the natural world, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations.”—Stanley Kunitz  
 
“Mary Oliver’s poems are natural growths out of a loam of perception and feeling, and instinctive skill with language makes them seem effortless. Reading them is a sensual delight.”—May Swenson
 
“Like Henry David Thoreau of Transcendentalist fame she is a naturalist whose attention to what used to be called the Book of Nature borders on both devotion and experimentation. . . . Mindfulness seems to be Oliver’s métier, looking and listening her scientific method and contemplative practice.”—Stephen Prothero, Search 
 
“I should be clear that Mary Oliver is, to my mind, one of the most gifted American poets working in English today. In her hands, the language acquires a lucidity approaching translucence; the accuracy of her vision and the precision of her voice are unique in their refreshing simplicity. Perhaps most singular is the tendency of her poems to be at once powerful and appealing; an affection for the natural world and a sympathy toward the reader abide.” —Katherine Hollander, Pleiades
 
“This year the Top 5 [Indiebound poetry best sellers] can be summed up in six words: Mary Oliver, Mary Oliver, Mary Oliver. Oliver’s impressive feat reflects both an enduring popularity and an unparalleled ability to touch readers on a deep, almost primal level.”—Elizabeth Lund, Christian Science Monitor

“Mary Oliver moves by instinct, faith, and determination. She is among our finest poets, and still growing.”—Alicia Ostriker, The Nation
 
“One would have to reach back perhaps to [John] Clare or [Christopher] Smart to safely cite a parallel to Oliver’s lyricism.”David Barber, Poetry 
 
“The music in Oliver’s writing is unmistakable. Her poetry can be read as the best of the real lyrics we have these days, and it’s no surprise that she’s already won a Pulitzer Prize for it, as well as many other honors.”Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807069140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807069141
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have devoured this pre-ordered copy and then re-read much more slowly. I love her take on nature and its realism - yes, she finds so much beautiful but she knows the darker side and in accepting that, accepts the truth of things in nature (including ourselves, naturally.) I laughed at the Percy (her dog)poems and then saw deeper wisdom in them. I look forward to immersing myself in the book over time. My favorite poem at this point is "For Example". Who can resist the line?
"But we all know, don't we, how sometimes
things have to feel anger, so as not
to be defeated?"
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Mary Oliver does it again! After a brief time of what I felt was perhaps poetry depressed by the death of her long time partner, this new book is filled with life and living images, with the joy and reverence Oliver has always shown, toward all of nature.

I'll continue buying every one of her books.
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You can sense the recovery from the loss of her life partner in her poems. An interesting look at faith and nature - a must read for Oliver fans!
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Currently my favorite of Oliver's books, I keep going back to Swan again and again. Her compassionate, spiritual, loving contemplation of the world around and within her is a beautiful gift that she shares with us.
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As I was leaving the library on a Saturday afternoon this book caught my eye. I have heard Mary Oliver read here in Seattle and I enjoy her work. On this Saturday I needed her to lift me out of a deep despair and to take me on a tour of bliss. I wish that Mary Oliver would allow me to walk in the woods with her, I promise to be very quiet and listen.
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I purchased this little book of poems because of an interview with Jessye Norman published recently in the N.Y. Times Book Review.
It is lovely. Thank you, Jessye. I think you're lovely too. I will definitely purchase more of Ms. Oliver's work.
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Mary Oliver is my hero. She is nearly 80 now but deserves all the awards she's been given. Only she can mingle the natural world with the beauty of the poetic line. She is a stunning poet. I am on my way to owning every single one of her books; I'm about half-way there. If I could own just one copy of one signed book in the world, it would be one of hers.
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Mary Oliver is a gifted, insightful, precise, thoughtful, and inspired writer. Reading her poems slows my pace, gives me time to appreciate the world around me, and even opens the door to greater self understanding.
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