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Winter Hours: Prose, Prose Poems, and Poems | Mary Oliver
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"What good company Mary Oliver is!" the Los Angeles Times has remarked. And never more so than in this extraordinary and engaging gathering of nine essays, accompanied by a brief selection of new prose poems and poems. (One of the essays has been chosen as among the best of the year by The Best American Essays 1998, another by The Anchor Essay Annual.) With the grace and precision that have won her legions of admirers, Oliver talks here of turtle eggs and housebuilding, of her surprise at the sudden powerful flight of swans, of the "thousand unbreakable links between each of us and everything else." She talks of her own poems and of some of her favorite poets: Poe, writing of "our unescapable destiny," Frost and his ability to convey at once that "everything is all right, and everything is not all right," the "unmistakably joyful" Hopkins, and Whitman, seeking through his poetry "the replication of a miracle." And Oliver offers us a glimpse as well of her "private and natural self -- something that must in the future be taken into consideration by any who would claim to know me."
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This volume of poetry, prose, and poetry criticism is pure Mary Oliver. Every word considered, and every sentence crafted. She focuses on her own life, and her relationship to the natural world around her. Full of wonder, contentment, and sheer beauty.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019

Cathythoughts Beautiful! Stacked 6mo
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suzisteffen
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What a beautiful, stark, fierce little book of poetry and essays that are quite poetic. The last essay rather sums up Mary Oliver‘s life (especially before her partner died). Very East Coast, very bracing. 4.5 ⭐️ #poetry #essays

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suzisteffen
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Once, in Union, Maine, as we were passing a field, five birch trees became five white ponies. Their feet shuffled in the long grass; their white faces shone. This is called: happiness. This is called: stay away from me with your inches, and your savings accounts, and your plums in a jar. Your definitive anything. And if life is so various, so shifting, what could we possibly say of death, that black leaf, that has in it any believable finality?

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suzisteffen
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Mary Oliver:
“Meditations, moving toward an answer, may well profit from simple language and a definite, reliable pattern so that the reader may absorb carefully every step in the argument. Praise poems require no such step-by-step apparatus but may come to the reader as they are felt by the writer—in a rush, in a spray, in a tumble and gallop, a pressure, a fulsomeness, an abundance, the sharp hooves of happiness lifting and flashing.” #poetry

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suzisteffen
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Oh, Mary Oliver. #poetry #essays #nonfiction

“*Oh, yesterday, that one,* we all cried out. *Oh, that one!* How rich and possible everything was! How ripe, ready, lavish, and filled with excitement—how hopeful we were on those summer days, under the clean, white racing clouds. *Oh, yesterday!*”

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GatheringBooks
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#LiteraryLuck Day 1: This is my #TBRShelfie for March. First three books on top are just titles that I wanted to get to. Women Talking and Big Little Lies are for #WomenReadWomen2019 ReadAlong Chat and the last one is for my #IRLBookClub discussing The Weight Of Our Sky this March.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choices!! 11mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff The Seanan McGuire books are fantastic! 11mo
greenhairdontcare I‘ve got both of those Seanan McGuire books on hold at the library. I should get them this month. 😁 Big Little Lies is great as well. 11mo
vkois88 I need to read Big Little Lies and figure out if it's the book I've previously read by Moriarty 🤔 11mo
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SW-T
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Tackling #MountTBR

Nice selection of prose and poetry. Oliver‘s work is lovely and relatable and speaks for itself.

#poetrymatters

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HardcoverHearts
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If, like me, you were waiting for payday or your library hold of Mary Oliver‘s work, then this may be a nice surprise. Not sure how long this deal will run, so jump on the ebook sale, if you are so inclined.

rather_be_reading yessss! ty! 12mo
DivineDiana Thank you! Just downloaded! ❤️ 12mo
readordierachel Thanks for the heads up! 12mo
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KathyWheeler
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I checked this out after Mary Oliver died because I‘d never read her work. This book is a collection of mostly essays, and it‘s divided into 4 parts. The first and last two parts deal with her relationship to nature and how that influences her writing. The 2nd part was literary criticism, which I enjoyed but not as much.

suzisteffen Oooooh thank you. I didn‘t know about this book. I love essays and lit crit. 12mo
KathyWheeler @suzisteffen Glad to help. I love essays as well. 12mo
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KathyWheeler
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1/ There There by Tommy Orange, Winter Hours by Mary Oliver (ebook), and The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch (audiobook).
2/ tea
3/ Diet Coke

#WEEKENDREADS @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in ☕😊 12mo
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TiredLibrarian 💔🖤 12mo
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Booksnchill
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Rip Mary Oliver- you told about it.

Lindy Such good advice. Mary Oliver will not be forgotten. 12mo
Booksnchill @Lindy ☄️🌟 12mo
batsy ❤️ 12mo
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Bradleygirl
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There's a lot of prose in this poetry book! But it's all still lovely. This is the last poem and Oliver does not disappoint. 😁
#Poemsbeforephones #poetry
@monalyisha @cocomass @Redwritinghood @DivineDiana #poetryreading

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Redwritinghood Love her work! 💕💕 12mo
Bradleygirl @Redwritinghood @monalyisha yes! I'm never disappointed with one of her collections. 🐧 12mo
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kspenmoll
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#PoetryMatters #grace
You can have the other words-chance, luck,
serendipity. I‘ll take grace. I don‘t know
what it is exactly, but
I‘ll take it...

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katelucia
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staying cozy with Mary Oliver and sweet berries.

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Redwritinghood
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Thanks for another fantastic book giveaway, Liberty! I loved this book when I read it last month. You can probably tell by all the tabs I added. #SPRINGCLEANING

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BookishFeminist
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Mary Oliver's meditations are so healing. 💓

vivastory I love that quote 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess Love her and this quote!💕 3y
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BookishFeminist
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Food and book therapy. ❤️ Ribeye and meatball Thai noodle soup, rose bubble tea, and Mary Oliver cure every heartbreak. 🍜

#bookanddinner

BooksForEmpathy 😍😍😍. 3y
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DebinHawaii Hugs. 💜💜💜 3y
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asiriusreader 💗💗💗 3y
NovelGirl82 💕💕💕💕 3y
LeahBergen ❤❤ That looks tasty! I hope it makes you feel even a little better. 3y
Sungirl79 Yum!! (edited) 3y
Chachic Yum! 3y
melbeautyandbooks Im sorry for your heartbreak. Sending positive, healing thoughts your way. ❤ 3y
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Redwritinghood
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#feistyfeb #bestoffebruary Pretty good reading month in February. 👍🏻👍🏻

JoeStalksBeck Every time I see you screen name I smile . I love it ❤ 3y
Redwritinghood @GoodallBookHaul Thanks! I'm glad it makes you happy - me too. 3y
Reviewsbylola Great month! 🎉🎉 3y
Cinfhen Excellent month 💖🙌🏻💖 3y
rachellayown 👏👏👏 3y
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Redwritinghood
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It seems like you can't go wrong with Mary Oliver. I enjoyed this lovely, deeply introspective collection of essays and poems. I feel that she truly lives by her teachings "to observe with passion, to think with patience, to live always care-ingly." There is much to ponder and savor in this slim collection.

Suet624 She is a treasure. 3y
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Redwritinghood
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You know it's been a great party when your guests pass out on the sofa. I think it's time to call this #litsypartyofone done. Domino is not the only one ready for bed. Good night littens.

Laura317 😂poor Domino! 3y
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Redwritinghood
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Trying to get this #litsypartyofone started, but everyone in my house is kinda crazy tonight. Must be the full moon. My reading buddy Domino is with me and my books, but even he looks doubtful that we can pull this off. #dogsoflitsy

valeriegeary That expression=priceless! 😂 3y
ocdIrene Wow! His eyes are totally questioning. 💚💚💚 3y
Suzze He really does have a "really?" Look. Love it. 3y
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Louise He just needs a cuddle, and he'll settle down! ❤🐾❤🐾❤ 3y
kylienoele 😍😍😍😍 3y
Redwritinghood @Louise Oh, if only that would also work for my twins (15 yrs old), they're too cool for cuddles with mom now. 3y
DebinHawaii He's so cute! 🐶❤️ 3y
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Redwritinghood
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It just seems like the right time to start this one, don't ya think?

Zelma Perfect weather to cozy up with a book and blanket! 3y
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WanderingBookaneer
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We do not think of it every day, but we never forget it: the beloved shall grow old, or ill, and be taken away finally. No matter how ferociously we fight, how tenderly we love, how bitterly we argue, how pervasively we berate the universe, how cunningly we hide, this is what shall happen. In the wide circles of timelessness, everything material and temporal will fail, including the manifestation of the beloved.

DrexEdit 💔💜 3y
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Suet624 Wait... how does this relate to Mary Oliver? (edited) 3y
WanderingBookaneer @Suet624 : She is writing about Poe, Frost, and a third poet I haven't gotten to yet. 3y
Suet624 I didn't realize she had written essays. I thought of her only as a poet. 3y
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WanderingBookaneer @Suet624 : She has several book of essays. Including, I'm told, her latest. 3y
Suet624 Thanks! 3y
BarbaraJean Hang on... THIRTEEN?!? 3y
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christineandbooks Could you recommend a good starting point for a book of Oliver's poetry for someone who is new to her? Thanks! 3y
WanderingBookaneer @christineandbooks : Felicity, published last year is excellent. 3y
christineandbooks Thanks... I will try it! 3y
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BookishFeminist
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Cleansing my brain with some more Mary Oliver. I have a feeling I will be reading a lot of her this year. 💓

saresmoore Ah, sounds nice to settle in for a warm, soothing Mary Oliver brain cleanse. 3y
Christine Yes, she will be essential this year!! 3y
jveezer You and me both. Glad you found her too... 3y
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LWagoner
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Mary Oliver has a wonderful way with words and blends the spirit and nature into so much of her writing. The part that was the slowest for me was the section where she wrote about various other poets. I liked this enough to be interested in reading more of her work.