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Blue Horses - Mary Oliver

Paperback Published: 10th April 2018
ISBN: 9781472153746
Number Of Pages: 96

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Maybe our world will grow kinder eventually.

Maybe the desire to make something beautiful

is the piece of God that is inside each of us.

In this stunning collection, Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has defined her life's work.

Herons, sparrows, owls and kingfishers flit across the page in meditations on love, artistry and impermanence. Whether considering a bird's nest, the seeming patience of oak trees or the paintings of Franz Marc, Mary Oliver reminds us of the transformative power of attention and how much can be contained within the smallest moments.

Blue Horses asks what it truly means to belong to this world and to live in it attuned to all its changes. 'To be human,' she shows us, 'is to sing your own song'.

Industry Reviews

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

The gift of Oliver's poetry is that she communicates the beauty she finds in the world and makes it unforgettable. - Miami Herald

Oliver's poems are thoroughly convincing - as genuine, moving and implausible as the first caressing breeze of spring. - New York Times Book Review

Mary Oliver teaches us the profound act of paying attention - a living wonder that makes it possible to appreciate all the others. - Boston Globe

ISBN: 9781472153746
ISBN-10: 147215374X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 10th April 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.09
Edition Number: 1

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Mary Oliver

About the Author


Born in a small town in Ohio, Mary Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of twenty-three. Over the course of her long career, she has received numerous awards.

 Her fourth book, American Primitive, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book Award in 1984. She has led workshops and held residencies at various colleges and universities, including Hennington College, where she held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching. 
In 2007 The New York Times described her as "far and away, this country's best-selling poet." She died in January 2019

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