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Dream Work
Dream Work | Mary Oliver
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Dream Work, a collection of forty-five poems, follows both chronologically and logically Mary Oliver's American Primitive, which won her the Pulitzer Prize for the finest book of poetry published in 1983 by an American poet. The depth and diversity of perceptual awarenessso steadfast and radiant in American Primitivecontinue in Dream Work. She has turned her attention in these poems to the solitary and difficult labors of the spiritto accepting the truth about one's personal world, and to valuing the triumphs while transcending the failures of human relationships. Whether by way of inheritanceas in her poem about the Holocaustor through a painful glimpse into the presentas in "Acid," a poem about an injured boy begging in the streets of Indonesiathe events and tendencies of history take on a new importance here. More deeply than in her previous volumes, the sensibility behind these poems has merged with the world. Mary Oliver's willingness to be joyful continues, deepened by self-awareness, by experience, and by choice.
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Nothing is quite like starting the year with Mary Oliver‘s poetry. She is lyrical, hard-hitting, tied deeply into nature, and like no other poet.

#thebibliophage2020
#litsylovespoetry
#maryoliver

Lindy 💜Mary Oliver💜 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Lindy I know! She is so f‘ing fabulous. 💙💙 4w
kspenmoll Just love her work- Cape Cod‘s natural world! 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @kspenmoll Yes, she is amazing. 3w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
Dream Work | Mary Oliver
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Finished:
The Mists of Avalon (51 hours | 888 pages) - took me ALL month
The Argonauts (5 hours) done in a day!

In progress:
Dream Work: delicious poetry
From Here to Eternity: the world needs more Caitlin Doughty
Know My Name: not just insights into post assault life, but a whole generation

#progressreport
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Well done 👍🏽 great week!!!55 hours is just another whole level 🙌🏻💕 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks—It was a behemoth of a chunkster! Posted review on blog today, and will add it soon here. 4w
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jessamyngrace
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Excerpt from Morning Poem.

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cobwebmoth
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I'm sad that it took me this long to finally read a volume of Oliver's poetry. She painted beautiful pictures with her words.

MayJasper I really like the look of that collection 10mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I very much enjoyed reading this short book of poems- a very nice distraction from this boring Super Bowl.

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LWagoner
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Poems that reach to the depth of one‘s soul.

Tanisha_A Great photograph! All the love for Mary Oliver! 💕 12mo
Emilymdxn Beautiful! Love Mary Oliver so so so much 12mo
Cinfhen Lovely post 12mo
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mreads
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For those interested in Mary Oliver, On Being with Krista Tippett is re-airing an interview from 2015

https://onbeing.org/programs/mary-oliver-listening-to-the-world/

BarbaraJean Thanks for posting this—I love On Being AND Mary Oliver. Going to download now! 12mo
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Chris
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Carla
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1.17.19. One of my heroes, Mary Oliver, had moved on from her work here with us at 83. I made today‘s priorities her words & paired them with appropriate strengths. I then drew & watercolored her a geese—just one, perhaps preparing to take wing & join her.

“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.”

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Tomigirl44
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You can‘t go wrong with Mary Oliver; this isn‘t a favorite book or collection but it‘s still beautifully written and lovely to sit down with. And now I have a collection of her poems as a Kindle book I can take with me.

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merelybookish
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BookishMe This is lovely ❣️❣️ 1y
merelybookish @BookishMe If you haven't read any Mary Oliver, I highly recommend! Her work is beautiful. 1y
BookishMe Thanks! Will keep a look out for her work ;D 1y
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kathedron Love her poetry! ❤ 1y
batsy This is one of my favourites. And helped me through a bad time... "announcing your place in the family of things" ? 1y
merelybookish @batsy I remember reading some of her poems about 10 years ago and thinking, "shrug." Now I read her work and it's like she's speaking straight to me. 1y
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BookladyOnTheMove
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Love this book - I want to explore day poetry as a way to clear/sharpen my thinking. What a great book to begin with.

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hwheaties
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This collection. This. Collection. I have no words right now.

Ashley_Nicoletto Mary Oliver. ❤️ 2y
Linsy 💖💖💖 Thanks for sharing! 2y
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hwheaties
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First poem in DREAM WORK, “Dogfish,” already has me a mess.

Bibliogeekery 😍 Mary Oliver! 2y
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Lindy
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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.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Dolly 💓 2y
kathedron Meanwhile... 2y
AmyG Beautiful 2y
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Leelee.reads What a quote! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Spiderfelt Ugh. Gut punch. 2y
Bianca Oh man. I keep encountering amazing things that I absolutely needed to hear/see today, starting with the guided meditation I found this morning. Thank you for this. ❤️ 2y
Suet624 I‘ve been to many spiritual retreats where Oliver poetry often provides comfort as we seek our core truth. (edited) 2y
Lindy @Dolly @River_Voice @amyg @Leelee.reads @Spiderfelt @bianca @Suet624 I neglected to mention that this is from the poem Wild Geese, which is so famous that you probably already knew that. 2y
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Letsracethesun
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Some kind of relaxed and beautiful thing 📚☕️☔️

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kPea
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"I wanted
the past to go away, I wanted
to leave it, like another country; I wanted
my life to close, and open
like a hinge, like a wing, like the part of the song where it falls
down over the rocks: an explosion, a discovery;
I wanted
to hurry into the work of my life; I wanted to know,
whoever I was, I was

alive
for a little while."

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fromthistles
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"Every morning, so far, I'm alive." (Landscape, pg. 68)

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fromthistles
Dream Work | Mary Oliver
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Under the orange / sticks of the sun / the heaped / ashes of night / turn into leaves again

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dixi_e
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April 19: The Journey - Mary Oliver "One day you finally knew / what you had to do and began..." #LitsyPoetry365

I've been away from Litsy for a bit but trying to get back into the swing of things. Rereading this classic poem for much needed inspiration, as copied in my bujo?. A year ago the countdown was on to do what I knew I had to do but... now I'm feeling like that journey has just created the need for another. #savingmyself #shithappens

Bibliogeekery Love that poem! 3y
dixi_e @Bibliogeekery Agree! The wording, pace and imagery are flawless. 3y
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dixi_e
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March 7: Rage - Tonight's poem reading. Attendance of one. #chelathemexicanmutt #LitsyPoetry355

Tanzy13 🐶 3y
SaraFair Sweet face! 3y
dixi_e She is a super sweet! And all puppy despite 10 years of life! 3y
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dixi_e
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March 6: Dreams - "...and you imagine / if you could only remember / and string them all together / they would spell the answer." #LitsyPoetry365

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dixi_e
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March 5: The Journey - "But little by little... / the stars began to burn... / and there was a new voice / which you slowly / recognized as your own..."

Because nothing has been more fulfilling for me than making the life I want, challenges and all. #LitsyPoetry365

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Bibliogeekery
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Self-care time! Sending love and care to anyone out there who needs it tonight! 💓💗💓

Lindy Happy sigh. We can always use a little Mary Oliver. 3y
Bibliogeekery @Lindy So very true!! She's always my go to when I need comfort or inspiration! 3y
BookishFeminist 💖💖💖 3y
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gretaalisonreads
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"All night / the dark buds of dreams / open / richly."
-Mary Oliver, "Dreams", Dream Work

#maryoliver #dreams #dreamwork #poetry #sheisafavoriteofmine

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