New and Selected Poems, Volume One

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Beacon Press | Nov 15, 2005 | 272 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9780807068786

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    Beacon Press | Apr 15, 2004 | 272 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9780807068779

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    Beacon Press | Nov 15, 2005 | 272 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9780807068786

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    Beacon Press | Nov 19, 2013 | 272 Pages | ISBN 9780807097151


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

“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

“Mary Oliver moves by instinct, faith, and determination. She is among our finest poets, and still growing.” -Alicia Ostriker, The Nation

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