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Blue Iris - Mary Oliver

Paperback Published: 4th October 2006
ISBN: 9780807068830
Number Of Pages: 96

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In Blue Iris, Mary Oliver collects ten new poems, two dozen of her poems written over the last two decades, and two previously unpublished essays on the beauty and wonder of plants. The poet considers roses, of course, as well as poppies and peonies; lilies and morning glories; the thick-bodied black oak and the fragrant white pine; the tall sunflower and the slender bean.
"Blue Iris fortuitously offers an extended sequence and new contexts for a writer whose precise eye and instinct for surprising images have made her one of the best practitioners of the lyrical revelation . . . Oliver continues to earn applause and admiration for continuing to provide redemptive meditation and supple praises for nature in a time when so much is under threat." --R.T. Smith, Shenandoah
"Salvation, in Mary Oliver's poems, consists of the living of a natural life, the dying of a natural death, and the ability to look clearly in both directions while keeping the two processes in balance." --Jay Rogoff, Southern Review
"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
"The gift of Oliver's poetry is that she communicates the beauty she finds in the world and makes it unforgettable." --Miami Herald
Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and the National Book Award, is one of the most celebrated and best-selling poets in America. Her books include New and Selected Poems, Volume One and New and Selected Poems, Volume Two; Why I Wake Early; Owls and Other Fantasies; House of Light; Dream Work; White Pine; West Wind; The Leaf and the Cloud; and What Do We Know. She has also published five books of prose, including Blue Pastures, Rules for the Dance, and Winter Hours, and an audio, At Blackwater Pond. She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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Blue Iris fortuitously offers an extended sequence and new contexts for a writer whose precise eye and instinct for surprising images have made her one of the best practitioners of the lyrical revelation . . . Oliver continues to earn applause and admiration for continuing to provide redemptive meditation and supple praises for nature in a time when so much is under threat.--R.T. Smith, Shenandoah

"Salvation, in Mary Oliver's poems, consists of the living of a natural life, the dying of a natural death, and the ability to look clearly in both directions while keeping the two processes in balance."--Jay Rogoff, Southern Review

"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

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

"These 32 poems and four essays offer rich meditations on flowers in nature, showing how plant life reflects the life of the human heart . . . A companion to Oliver's recent Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays, this work presents poetry in free verse, which Oliver has perfected in all of its musicality and rhythm."--Library Journal

ISBN: 9780807068830
ISBN-10: 0807068837
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 4th October 2006
Publisher: Beacon Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.21

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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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