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Long Life : Essays and Other Writings - Mary Oliver

Long Life

Essays and Other Writings

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Published: 2nd March 2005
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"Poets must read and study, but also they must learn to tilt and whisper, shout, or dance, each in his or her own way, or we might just as well copy the old books. But, no, that would never do, for always the new self swimming around in the old world feels itself uniquely verbal. And that is just the point: how the world, moist and bountiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That's the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. 'Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?' This book is my comment. "--from the Foreword.

"Poets must read and study, but also they must learn to tilt and whisper, shout, or dance, each in his or her own way, or we might just as well copy the old books. But, no, that would never do, for always the new self swimming around in the old world feels itself uniquely verbal. And that is just the point: how the world, moist and bountiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That's the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. 'Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?' This book is my comment." From the Foreword of Long Life 'The gift of Oliver's poetry is that she communicates the beauty she finds in the world and makes it unforgettable...This has never been truer than in Long Life, a luminous collection of seventeen essays and ten poems. With consummate craftsmanship, Mary Oliver has created a breathtaking volume sure to add to her reputation as 'one of our very best poets'. New York Times Book Review"

Forewordp. xiii
Flowp. 1
Flowp. 3
Habits, Differences, and the Light That Abidesp. 10
Poem: Can You Imagine?p. 14
Three Histories and a Hummingbirdp. 15
Wordsworth's Mountainp. 19
Wordsworth's Mountainp. 21
Dog Talkp. 26
The Perfect Daysp. 32
Poem: Just as the Calendar Began to Say Summerp. 35
Waste Land: An Elegyp. 36
Artists of the Beautifulp. 41
Emerson: An Introductionp. 43
Hawthorne's Mosses from an Old Mansep. 52
The House of the Seven Gablesp. 62
Dustp. 73
Prose Poem: Are You Okay?p. 75
Poem: Softest of Morningsp. 76
Dustp. 77
Sand Dabs, Sevenp. 81
Poem: The Morning Walkp. 83
Sand Dabs, Eightp. 84
Comfortp. 86
Sand Dabs, Ninep. 88
Homep. 89
Poem: Summer Nightp. 92
Poem: Carrying the Snake to the Gardenp. 93
Poem: By the Wild-Haired Cornp. 95
Where I Livep. 96
Poem: Waking on a Summer Morningp. 100
Prose Poem: One Winter Dayp. 101
Acknowledgmentsp. 102
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ISBN: 9780306814129
ISBN-10: 0306814129
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 120
Published: 2nd March 2005
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.2  x 0.7
Weight (kg): 0.15
Edition Number: 1