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Mary Oliver was awarded the National Book Award for New and Selected Poems, Volume One. Since its initial appearance it has become one of the best-selling volumes of poetry in the country. This collection features thirty poems published only in this volume as well as selections from the poet''s first eight books.

Mary Oliver''s perceptive, brilliantly crafted poems about the natural landscape and the fundamental questions of life and death have won high praise from critics and readers alike. "Do you love this world?" she interrupts a poem about peonies to ask the reader. "Do you cherish your humble and silky life?" She makes us see the extraordinary in our everyday lives, how something as common as light can be "an invitation/to happiness,/and that happiness,/when it''s done right,/is a kind of holiness,/palpable and redemptive." She illuminates how a near miss with an alligator can be the catalyst for seeing the world "as if for the second time/the way it really is." Oliver''s passionate demonstrations of delight are powerful reminders of the bond between every individual, all living things, and the natural world.

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Praise for the poetry of Mary Oliver:

''One of the astonishing aspects of Oliver''s work is the consistency of tone over this long period. What changes is an increased focus on nature and an increased precision with language that has made her one of our very best poets . . . There is no complaint in Ms. Oliver''s poetry, no whining, but neither is there the sense that life is in any way easy . . . These poems sustain us rather than divert us. Although few poets have fewer human beings in their poems than Mary Oliver, it is ironic that few poets also go so far to help us forward.'' -Stephen Dobyns, New York Times Book Review

''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

''One would have to reach back perhaps to [John] Clare or [Christopher] Smart to safely cite a parallel to Oliver''s lyricism or radical purification and her unappeasable mania for signs and wonders.'' -David Barber, Poetry

''I have always thought of poems as my companions-and like companions, they accompany you wherever the journey (or the afternoon) might lead . . . My most recent companion has been Mary Oliver''s The Leaf and the Cloud . . . It''s a brilliant meditation, a walk through the natural world with one of our preeminent contemporary poets.'' -Rita Dove, Washington Post

About the Author

A private person by nature, Mary Oliver (1935–2019) gave very few interviews over the years. Instead, she preferred to let her work speak for itself. And speak it has, for the past five decades, to countless readers. The New York Times recently acknowledged Mary Oliver as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet.” Born in a small town in Ohio, Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of 28; No Voyage and Other Poems, originally printed in the UK by Dent Press, was reissued in the United States in 1965 by Houghton Mifflin. Oliver has since published twenty books of poetry and six books of prose. As a young woman, Oliver studied at Ohio State University and Vassar College, but took no degree. She lived for several years at the home of Edna St. Vincent Millay in upper New York state, companion to the poet’s sister Norma Millay. It was there, in the late ’50s, that she met photographer Molly Malone Cook. For more than forty years, Cook and Oliver made their home together, largely in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where they lived until Cook’s death in 2005. Over the course of her long and illustrious career, Oliver has received numerous awards. Her fourth book, American Primitive, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984. 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.L. Winship/PEN New England Award for House of Light; the National Book Award for New and Selected Poems; a Lannan Foundation Literary Award; and the New England Booksellers Association Award for Literary Excellence. Oliver’s essays have appeared in Best American Essays 1996, 1998, 2001; the Anchor Essay Annual 1998, as well as Orion, Onearth and other periodicals. Oliver was editor of Best American Essays 2009. Oliver’s books on the craft of poetry, A Poetry Handbook and Rules for the Dance, are used widely in writing programs. She is an acclaimed reader and has read in practically every state as well as other countries. She has led workshops at various colleges and universities, and held residencies at Case Western Reserve University, Bucknell University, University of Cincinnati, and Sweet Briar College. From 1995, for five years, she held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Bennington College. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from The Art Institute of Boston (1998), Dartmouth College (2007) and Tufts University (2008).

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Roger DeBlanck
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Inspiring
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2017
Many of Mary Oliver’s poems flow with an anthem-like lyricism that often attests to the grandeur and mystery of the natural world. She plays the role of a quiet witness in order to observe and learn what life has to teach: how happiness is possible if you resign yourself to... See more
Many of Mary Oliver’s poems flow with an anthem-like lyricism that often attests to the grandeur and mystery of the natural world. She plays the role of a quiet witness in order to observe and learn what life has to teach: how happiness is possible if you resign yourself to the rapture and beauty of the world around you. She wants to be invested in the glory and energy of nature and understand its holiness, its closeness to God. She loves all flora and fauna and wants to connect to them. Her compassion for life allows her to look upon the world with gratitude and appreciation. The wildness and sheer power and intensity of nature is more than miraculous; it is her source of bliss and strength. She allows the power of the natural world to keep her memory active with visions and dreams of her elemental self becoming one with the universe. Her poetry is an attempt to achieve that union, and few poets can inspire the way she does.
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Juan Mobili
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Re-editon from one of America''s Greatest Living Poets
Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2004
The only problem with a volume of Mary Oliver''s collected poems is that whichever poems end up excluded are likely to be the reader''s loss. Such incomparable consistency of craft and soul can be expected, every single time, from Ms. Oliver! That said, no poem here is... See more
The only problem with a volume of Mary Oliver''s collected poems is that whichever poems end up excluded are likely to be the reader''s loss. Such incomparable consistency of craft and soul can be expected, every single time, from Ms. Oliver!
That said, no poem here is undeserving of its inclusion, and if it took an anthology like this to have you wonder about reading her for the first time, then thank God for this book.
Included here -note that this is only the first volume- are works from her earlier books, all of which are worth buying separately. A particularly important inclusion are the selections of American Primitive, in my opinion her most moving and accomplished collection.
Those who adore poems like the glorious "Wild Geese" or were moved by the wisdom of "The Journey," will be happy to know that they are, of course, contained in this volume, along with many others begetting similar acclaim.
So, five stars for Ms. Oliver only because I can''t give her ten.
As far as the publisher, I would have liked a clearer indication that this is the very same edition already published years ago. At least in my case, the additional subtitle -"Volume One"- confused me and led me to buy something I already owned. In the other hand, if such mention indicates the upcoming release of a second volume -specially if more uncollected poems may be part of it, I''ll be satisfied and forgiving.
For those who own everything by her and do not possess this volume, this is still a valid purchase on the basis of the, once, "new poems" contained and not available anywhere else.
Welcome -or welcome back- to the poetry of Mary Oliver. Let these words take your breath away with its exquisite and gently fierce call to opening your heart and be intelligent toward all beings.
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Anomelie
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Excellent poetry, especially for nature lovers
Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2019
I’m a health practitioner. I put this book in my waiting room & it gets as much viewing as the magazines. Mary Oliver was a special person and an inspiring writer.
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Rob Jacques
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Poems that are tender and profound.
Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2008
The best poems say with words that which can''t be said with words. I know that sounds like double-talk, but it''s true. The best poems act as catalysts, creating emotions and connections in us that the words taken by themselves just don''t convey. For example, veteran poet... See more
The best poems say with words that which can''t be said with words. I know that sounds like double-talk, but it''s true. The best poems act as catalysts, creating emotions and connections in us that the words taken by themselves just don''t convey. For example, veteran poet Mary Oliver''s poem "Rain" (the first in her "New and Selected Poems, Volume One") opens with "All afternoon it rained, then / such power came down from the clouds / on a yellow thread, / as authoritative as God is supposed to be. / When it hit the tree, her body / opened forever." Beautiful, profound, and any attempt at explanation effectively kills the poetry.
Mary Olver''s poems are like that: clear imagery, simple language, common themes brought together like "power . . . on a yellow thread" that packs a wallop. How''s THIS for a brightly-lit thought: "Is the soul solid, like iron? / Or is it tender and breakable, like / the wings of a moth in the beak of the owl?"
And this seasoned poet has a few observations about life to share with us: "You do not have to be good. / You do not have to walk on your knees / for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. / You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves."
I''ve already ordered her "New and Selected Poems, Volume Two."
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Grumple Dumple
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She Is A Sublime Witness To The Natural World!
Reviewed in the United States on December 15, 2005
Mary Oliver overwhelms my visual and auditory senses with her language; it is precise and controlled; her imagery is brilliant. Using carefully chosen words she captures the "essence" of living things in the natural world. Each work is masterful and seems a deep... See more
Mary Oliver overwhelms my visual and auditory senses with her language; it is precise and controlled; her imagery is brilliant. Using carefully chosen words she captures the "essence" of living things in the natural world.

Each work is masterful and seems a deep meditation that leaves a reader feeling refreshed and somehow privy to a personal, even private part of the poet as an investigator and witness to nature and its secrets.

Each time I read one of her poems I feel as if she is inviting me into the woods with her to witness the natural world in all of its sacredness.

I have yet to read a poem of hers that disappointed me.

Her mood-infused poem "Rain" (the first poem in the book) is sublime; and "Mushrooms" is glorious!

Read "Mushrooms" slowly and listen to the language; see the imagery in the mind:

Rain, and then
the cool pursed
lips of the wind
draw them
out of the ground---
red and yellow skulls
pummeling upward
through leaves,
through grasses,
through sand; astonishing
in their suddenness,
their quietude,
their wetness, they appear
on fall mornings, some
balancing in the earth
on one hoof
packed with poison,
others billowing
chunkily, and delicious---
those who know
walk out to gather, choosing
the benign from flocks
of glitterers, sorcerors,
russulas,
panther caps,
shark-white death angels
in their torn veils
looking innocent as sugar
but full of paralysis:
to eat
is to stagger down
fast as mushrooms themselves
when they are done being perfect
and overnight
slide back under the shining
fields of rain.

My God! I don''t think that even a mushroom would know itself in that way.

She is a sublime witness to the natural world.

Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets -- and let me tell you, I don''t have many "favorite poets".

I recommend this poetry collection to you!
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Jude
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Oliver''s Poetry is a Joy to Read
Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2013
As a lover of both poetry and nature, I am a huge fan of Mary Oliver''s work. She speaks for every joyous and uplifting experience I have had in the outdoors. Her voice is lyrical and yet hugely accessible -- no poetic obscurity here. When I was a teacher of English... See more
As a lover of both poetry and nature, I am a huge fan of Mary Oliver''s work. She speaks for every joyous and uplifting experience I have had in the outdoors. Her voice is lyrical and yet hugely accessible -- no poetic obscurity here. When I was a teacher of English literature prior to my retirement, I used Oliver''s poems quite frequently in the high school classroom. Because her poetry is layered, it provided depth, and students had to work for meaning; but because her poetry touches common human experience, even teens without much life experience could thoroughly relate. Now that I am older and disabled, unable to go hiking or enjoy nature as frequently or in the same way I once did, I can pick up an Oliver tome and be instantly transported in spirit to things I love dearly.
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Elizabeth Mckenzie
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I love Mary Oliver poems
Reviewed in the United States on May 8, 2017
I love Mary Oliver poems and this is a wonderful collection. Nearly every one is starred or dog-earred in my book by now. I return again and again, reading these poems. It covers many years of her writing, and makes you amazed at the quality she produced from beginning to... See more
I love Mary Oliver poems and this is a wonderful collection. Nearly every one is starred or dog-earred in my book by now. I return again and again, reading these poems. It covers many years of her writing, and makes you amazed at the quality she produced from beginning to end. You see themes she returns to over time: nature, death, life. Rather big ideas!
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Clairex
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A little in love.
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2017
God. I just fell in love with Mary Oliver. The poetry is simple in a spiritual, connected, deep and moving way. This book seems to capture an excellent variety of her poetry, I''ll definitely be enveloping myself in more of hers.
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SusannahB
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Wonderful, Inspiring and Thought-Provoking Poems
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 2, 2020
Mary Oliver''s ''New and Selected Poems'' contains some wonderful and inspiring pieces including several of my favourite poems of Ms Oliver''s such as: ''Wild Geese'', ''The Sun'', ''Morning'',''The Eskimos Have No Word For War, ''The Lamps'' and ''The Black Walnut Tree'', and others that...See more
Mary Oliver''s ''New and Selected Poems'' contains some wonderful and inspiring pieces including several of my favourite poems of Ms Oliver''s such as: ''Wild Geese'', ''The Sun'', ''Morning'',''The Eskimos Have No Word For War, ''The Lamps'' and ''The Black Walnut Tree'', and others that I don''t remember having seen before and some that are sharper and more thought-provoking such as: ''A Bitterness'', ''Rage'' and ''Acid'' - and like another reviewer writing here, my copy is littered with post-its marking the pages of the poems that have ''spoken'' to me. As it says on the cover of my copy: "Poems are like companions...they accompany you wherever the journey might lead" and I am looking forward to buying volume two to accompany this one. Highly recommended. 5 Stars.
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BookHopper
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Astonishing, beautiful and true - a volume to treasure
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 16, 2017
It''s taken me probably a year or more to finish the whole volume (I''m a slow reader, especially of poetry) but my copy now has a frill of post-its sticking out of the edges, marking all the poems I particularly loved. I''m astonished that I''d never heard of Mary Oliver until...See more
It''s taken me probably a year or more to finish the whole volume (I''m a slow reader, especially of poetry) but my copy now has a frill of post-its sticking out of the edges, marking all the poems I particularly loved. I''m astonished that I''d never heard of Mary Oliver until I bought this book - shows my ignorance, I guess. I''m so looking forward to diving into volume 2. Along with Billy Collins she is now one of my very favourite poets.
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Damaged
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 12, 2021
I need to stop buying books from Amazon. They either arrive poorly printed (like Today Means Amen which wasn’t even lined up properly) or damaged like this one. The covers been warped and bent, it looks like water damage. Thankful indie booksellers have been allowed to...See more
I need to stop buying books from Amazon. They either arrive poorly printed (like Today Means Amen which wasn’t even lined up properly) or damaged like this one. The covers been warped and bent, it looks like water damage. Thankful indie booksellers have been allowed to reopen in the U.K.
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WOODSNAKE
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Wonderful.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 28, 2017
Sublime poetry. Many selected poems written throughout the years from various compilations. Wonderful.
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Wonderful poems
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 15, 2019
I love Mary Oliver''s poems and this collection is no exception. It''s one of those books that you can read again and again. Much recommended.
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