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Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

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Here, for instance, we’re over halfway into this short poem before the wild geese which give the poem its title are even mentioned.

No matter where one starts reading, Devotions offers much to love, from Oliver's exuberant dog poems to selections from the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Primitive, and Dream Work, one of her exceptional collections. I have discovered over and over again that reading Oliver’s poetry provides a transport of delight to beauty and wonder.She has also received the Shelley Memorial Award; a Guggenheim Fellowship; an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Achievement Award; the Christopher Award and the L. Devotions is a master collection of Mary Oliver’s poetry, collecting bits and pieces from other collections of her work over the course of her career, spanning from 1963 to 2015. While often quoted without the full poem used as an inspirational message, what I love best about this line is that—in context—Oliver has already answered what she would do and that is to walk in the woods. This short poem is unlike many of the poems mentioned so far in that it is not a nature poem at all, but a poem which deals in the abstract.

Her works published in the UK include Blue Horses, A Thousand Mornings, Felicity and two volumes of New and Selected Poems. Holly Prado of the Los Angeles Times Book Review also applauded Oliver’s original voice, writing that American Primitive “touches a vitality in the familiar that invests it with a fresh intensity. Throughout her celebrated career, Mary Oliver has touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verse, expounding on her love for the physical world and the powerful bonds between all living things. it was so interesting to see which poems mary oliver picked out as her favorites, or as what she thought encompassed her collective works.Devotions provides a fitting culmination of her life philosophy, her core tenets bound together in one vulnerable place. From A Thousand Mornings (2012) is a meditative ensemble of ten poems whose dominant subject is water, be it the sea or the River Ganges. Born in a small town in Ohio, Mary Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of 28. Jeanette McNew in Contemporary Literature described “Oliver’s visionary goal,” as “constructing a subjectivity that does not depend on separation from a world of objects. No matter where one starts reading, Devotions offers much to love, from Oliver's exuberant dog poems to selections from the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Primitive, and Dream Work, one of her exceptional collections.

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