Dog Songs Poems

Mary Oliver

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‘The popularity of [Dog Songs] feels as inevitable and welcome as a wagging tail upon homecoming’ Boston Globe

In Dog Songs, Mary Oliver celebrates the special bond between human and dog, as understood through her connection to the dogs who across the years accompanied her on her daily walks, warmed her home and inspired her work. The poems in Dog Songs begin in the small everyday moments familiar to all dog lovers and become, through her extraordinary vision, meditations on the world and our place in it.

Dog Songs includes visits with old friends, like Oliver’s most beloved dog Percy, and introduces still others in poems of love and laughter, heartbreak and grief. Throughout, the many dogs of Oliver’s life merge as fellow travelers and as guides, uniquely able to open our eyes to the lessons of the moment and the joys of nature and connection.

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ISBN – 9781472156006
Publisher – Little, Brown Book Group Limit
Format – Hardback
Publication Date – 08/06/2021
Dimensions – 205mm X 136mm
Categories – Poetry

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Upstream Selected Essays

One of O, The Oprah Magazine’s Ten Best Books of the Year

The New York Times bestselling collection of essays from beloved poet, Mary Oliver.

\”There’s hardly a page in my copy of Upstream that isn’t folded down or underlined and scribbled on, so charged is Oliver’s language . . .\” –Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air

\”Uniting essays from Oliver’s previous books and elsewhere, this gem of a collection offers a compelling synthesis of the poet’s thoughts on the natural, spiritual and artistic worlds . . .\” —The New York Times

\”In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be.\”

So begins Upstream, a collection of essays in which revered poet Mary Oliver reflects on her willingness, as a young child and as an adult, to lose herself within the beauty and mysteries of both the natural world and the world of literature. Emphasizing the significance of her childhood \”friend\” Walt Whitman, through whose work she first understood that a poem is a temple, \”a place to enter, and in which to feel,\” and who encouraged her to vanish into the world of her writing, Oliver meditates on the forces that allowed her to create a life for herself out of work and love. As she writes, \”I could not be a poet without the natural world. Someone else could. But not me. For me the door to the woods is the door to the temple.\”

Upstream follows Oliver as she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her, and the responsibility she has inherited from Shelley, Wordsworth, Emerson, Poe, and Frost, the great thinkers and writers of the past, to live thoughtfully, intelligently, and to observe with passion. Throughout this collection, Oliver positions not just herself upstream but us as well as she encourages us all to keep moving, to lose ourselves in the awe of the unknown, and to give power and time to the creative and whimsical urges that live within us.

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