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Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver
Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver | Mary Oliver
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career. Throughout her celebrated career, Mary Oliver has touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verse, expounding on her love for the physical world and the powerful bonds between all living things. Identified as "far and away, this country's best selling poet" by Dwight Garner, she now returns with a stunning and definitive collection of her writing from the last fifty years. Carefully curated, these 200 plus poems feature Oliver's work from her very first book of poetry, No Voyage and Other Poems, published in 1963 at the age of 28, through her most recent collection, Felicity, published in 2015. This timeless volume, arranged by Oliver herself, showcases the beloved poet at her edifying best. Within these pages, she provides us with an extraordinary and invaluable collection of her passionate, perceptive, and much-treasured observations of the natural world.
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Set up to readathon bright and early this morning. Enjoying some outdoor time before it hits 💯 degrees.

Current time 7 hours and 45 minutes.

#24B4Monday

Andrew65 A fantastic total so far. 🙌 4mo
bookishdawg Great stack! 😊 4mo
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Krose1
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Pickpick

A wonderful collection of poems from many of her books. Loved it!

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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I got the most amazing gift today from someone who knows I love MO!

Cathythoughts Lovely gift ✨✨✨✨✨ 5mo
JennyM How are you doing this week? Look after yourself 5mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @JennyM I'm exhausted from working late nights and I and my littlest are sick! I'm definitely run down. And the complicated situation continues... Thank you for thinking of me ❤️❤️❤️ it means so much 5mo
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JennyM @MommyWantsToReadHerBook I‘m sorry things haven‘t eased for you. Hope your little one gets better soon and you can get a bit more rest to deal with it all. Take care 😘 5mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @JennyM thank you so much ❤️ I think we're both quite a bit better. Emotional turmoil not so much... 5mo
BarbaraJean 💜💜💜 Love Mary Oliver! Been thinking about you & continuing to pray for you. Hope things are getting better! 4mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraJean thank you my dearest friend. Things are hectic... I spoke to Cathy today and that helped so much. I'll tell you when the time is right what is going on... ❤️ 4mo
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JSW
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Stunning, spiritual, soul-feeding and essential reading. I don‘t even have to finish this, I‘m already moved and shaken and stirred. I also need to buy my own copy so i can write and highlight and dog ear etc.

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JSW
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I love this.

SarahHarts_books 💖YES!💖 5mo
IndoorDame 💕💕Love Mary Oliver! 5mo
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Lmstraubie
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I'm such a mood reader. I usually have several books going at once because I never know what I'll be in the mood to read. Trying to decide between some more Mary Oliver poetry & our #mgbuddyread book for this month. One thing I didn't have trouble deciding on was my birthday freebie from Starbucks 😉

Megabooks I know the struggle only too well! 6mo
mrp27 Happy Birthday!! 🎉📚📚🎂 I just finished Invisible Emmie, I liked it! 6mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 Thank you 🙂 I opted for the poetry, but I'm off this week so I'll get to Emmie too. Looking forward to our discussion 🙂 6mo
Lmstraubie @megabooks Bookworm problems 😉 6mo
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Kayla.Adriena That poem is so beautiful and reminds me of my father and grandfather 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Kayla.Adriena 💕 7mo
slategreyskies I keep thinking about that last line. I first read it weeks ago, but it‘s stuck with me. I can‘t stop thinking about it. It‘s true for me too. 7mo
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Cathythoughts I love this poem ♥️ 7mo
Cathythoughts It reminds me that the trees know we are here too 7mo
GripLitGrl 💖💖💖 7mo
Reggie ❤️lovely. 7mo
TheSpineView Beautiful!💕 7mo
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slategreyskies
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Hands down, this is the best poetry book I‘ve read in years. I‘m incredibly impressed. I only wish I had read her poetry earlier. She has so much depth and wisdom, and there‘s a quietness in these poems that both calms and inspires me. Highly recommended! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!! #poetry

wanderinglynn If you liked her poetry & love dogs, I recommend her 7mo
slategreyskies @wanderinglynn I actually just drove to one of our county‘s library branches that I‘d never been to before just so I could check out that book. I got that one and also Felicity. I‘m excited that you liked that one. I expect to read it this weekend! :) 7mo
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hwestfall
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I am making my way through this collection of poetry. This one was my favorite today.

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farrahkohn
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Mary Oliver, I adore her. Cried when I heard she passed last month. #literarylove #maryoliver

Lynnsoprano As part of our Unitarian service the Sunday after she passed, two of our members did readings from her work. I‘ve heard it said that if Unitarians has a patron saint, it would be Mary Oliver. 9mo
vkois88 I'll have to look into her work... I'm not a huge poetry person, but I've heard so many people praise her writing that I'm intrigued 9mo
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farrahkohn @vkois88 I am getting a line of her poetry tattooed on my forearm. 9mo
vkois88 That's awesome... it must be fantastic, then. I can't wait to see pics! 9mo
slategreyskies @farrahkohn I cried too—- which line of poetry have you chosen? 7mo
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hwestfall
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This book is giving me so much joy

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lauralovesbooks1
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I loved dipping in and out of these gorgeous poems throughout the weekend. #24in48

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Bibliogeekery
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💜

LauraBeth ❤️❤️ 9mo
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TiredLibrarian
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Thndrstd
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As a Christmas present, my wife bought me two custom-made suits. On the inside lining near the pocket, I chose this quote by Mary Oliver.
The whole quote is:
Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.
(You can read the full poem here http://alturl.com/cxdt9)
With her passing, I am deeply saddened and feel like we have lost something very special. Her wisdom, insight, and deep love for the world will be missed.

youneverarrived I love this ♥️ 9mo
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LittleWonder
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What a loss. What a body of work. She was a treasure. Opening up her Devotions book and pledging reading a few every night in tribute. Her work was beautiful and extraordinary. Rest In Peace Mary Oliver.

Graciouswarriorprincess So sad! 😢 9mo
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Bibliogeekery
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💕

Lindy Mary Oliver‘s words will live forever. 9mo
Bibliogeekery @Lindy Very true! 9mo
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monalyisha
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When reading the NY Times article about Mary Oliver‘s death, I was struck by how much I LOVE the accompanying photo. It feels like she‘s looking right into me (& bringing me the peace of sitting on a comfy couch, in the sunlight, with my hand resting in a slumbering dog‘s curly fur). I think I‘m going to print it out & put it in my office. It, along with the photo of Vonnegut above, are what I consider to be the #bestauthorphotos. Show me yours!

Eyelit Those are really great photos, for sure! 💙 9mo
monalyisha Photo of M.O. by: Angel Valentin 9mo
LauraBeth Look at those hydrangeas! 😍 9mo
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Bibliogeekery
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Today is now all about re-reading Mary Oliver (between clients). 💔

CuriousG Such a loss 😔 9mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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Cinfhen Thanks for sharing 9mo
batsy 😔💔 9mo
Leftcoastzen 😢 9mo
Bibliogeekery 💔 9mo
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Krose1
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This whole poem, but also this line.... “Joy is not made to be a crumb.” Feels especially necessary to think about this these days.

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Krose1
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Again, Mary Oliver speaks right to my heart with the perfect words. These three lines. So good. I worship her!

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Krose1
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This stanza. Right here. I love Mary Oliver so much ❤️❤️

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WanderingBookaneer
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#TrickyCat naps on Mary Oliver. 🤷🏻‍♀️#CatsOfLitsy

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 1y
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SharonGoforth
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“So one day I undid the lock
and called the trash man. He took
everything.”

“...More room in your heart for love,”

Mary Oliver, utilizing a little #innovation for the heart.

#QuotsyAugust18
#poetry
@TK-421

rather_be_reading stacked! 1y
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Nute
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I remain pensive after the last book that I read so I spent the evening with the poetry of Mary Oliver. #LitsyPoetry365
Application: AdobeSpark

kathedron 💚 1y
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kerry
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I go down to the shore in the morning / and depending on the hour the waves / are rolling in or moving out / and I say, oh, I am miserable, / what shall-- / what should I do? And the sea says / in its lovely voice: / Excuse me, I have work to do. -Mary Oliver #poetry #maryoliver #travel

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Bibliogeekery
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💖 Mary Oliver 💖

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Andrea4
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#poetrychallenge2018 finished this collection and fell in love with Mary Oliver- my wild heart resonatinh with each poem.
Now, who next?

@Natasha.C.Barnes

wanderinglynn I have Mary Oliver‘s Dog Songs, which celebrates human-canine relationship and what it reveals about the meaning of our own lives. I highly recommend it. 😀 1y
Andrea4 @wanderinglynn thanks :) 1y
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Andrea4
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This makes me think of a cottage, makes me want a cottage, and sums up everything I think a cottage should be.

#poetrychallenge2018 @Natasha.C.Barnes

Laura317 Mmmmmmm, yes! 💙💙💙 1y
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GatheringBooks
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#HopIntoSpring Day 21: May Oliver portrays #Flowers like no one else can.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🌹 2y
vkois88 ❤💜❤ 2y
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Andrea4
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My little joy today- office closed because of weather. In the midst of issues with my dog, stress at work, and crappy "spring" weather, the extra day off is a nice reprieve.
#poetrychallenge2018 @Natasha.C.Barnes

UrsulaMonarch Beautiful! 2y
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Iceangel9
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A Reader's Corner Highly Recommended read. There is no living poet I love more than Mary Oliver. Her poetry is so beautiful and always makes me feel good. If you can read Mary Oliver and still say you hate poetry - I just can't even. This is a book I will read from every day and so should you. Buy this book, read this book, discover the beauty of nature, and the beauty of poetry written by a master of language.

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Andrea4
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#poetrychallenge2018
Finally jumping into Mary Oliver after Moore.
Already in love💜💙

@Natasha.C.Barnes

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bookwormkara
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Finally treated myself to this gorgeous book for my birthday & it‘s #nationalpoetrymonth, so what better time?

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peacegypsy
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Some fun #bookmail today! I‘ll celebrate #NationalPoetryMonth with the divine Mary Oliver while wishing I was in the Deep South where it‘s warmer! 📚❤️😊

BiblioLitten The cutesy bookshelf is adorable 💞 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego What's that lil bookshelf? A magnet? 2y
peacegypsy @BiblioLitten @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thank you! It‘s a porcelain box (maybe you can see the clasp?) from a dear friend. 😊 2y
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Andrea4
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For the month of April I have gone with Mary Oliver for #poetrychallenge2018 Unfortunately, I think someone is doing a project on her because almost all her books are out at the lib so i have to wait a bit.
@Natasha.C.Barnes

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“Sometimes it seems the only thing in the world that is without questions that can‘t and probably never will be answered...”

I ❤️Mary Oliver.

#nationalpoetrymonth #poetrychallenge2018

Andrea4 Your posts inspired me to read Oliver this month and when I checked my library, almost all her books are checked out...someone must be doing a project on her 😂 but this book should be in within a couple days so I'll get it soon! 2y
SharonGoforth @Andrea4 I hope you are able to get some soon! Is interlibrary loan a possibility? Or perhaps Libby (Overdrive)? She‘s one of my favorites! 2y
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SharonGoforth
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Evidently I‘ve been living under a rock, and only today realized this was happening! I‘ve strayed away from poetry and need to get back into it. Since April is National Poetry Month, it seems appropriate to jump back into it with this challenge. I have several poetry books by Mary Oliver, but I‘ve never read anything by Alice Oswald or Tracy K. Smith. Looking forward to it! #poetrychallenge2018

Lesliereads 😍 2y
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SharonGoforth
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Mary Oliver‘s poetry is often about issues we deal with in our daily lives. She makes them astonishing when she reminds us to look to nature for solutions. #poetry #poetrychallenge2018 #nationalpoetrymonth

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SharonGoforth
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Dipping into Mary Oliver‘s most recent collection today for the start of #nationalpoetrymonth. #poetry #maryoliver #needtoreadmorepoetry

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UrsulaMonarch
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It's hard to add anything to her writing. 💚

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MarthaG
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Lenten fun.

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GatheringBooks
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#ReadingResolutions Day 4: pink #flowers with honeyed heaviness and lush trembling - only Mary Oliver can come up with something as viscerally beautiful as these lines.

MayJasper To answer Mary's question: I would love to, allergies allowing 😞 2y
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TelevisionNeighbor
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Pickpick

In love.

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TelevisionNeighbor
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Preach.

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GatheringBooks
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#FierceFeb Day 5: Perhaps, this is the antithesis to the #RichMansDream. Mary Oliver cuts to the heart if what matters. Have we indeed gone crazy for power, for things?

batsy Lovely. I should be reading more Mary Oliver. 2y
Cinfhen Love the graphics 2y
Cathythoughts Mary Oliver ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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