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New and Selected Poems, Volume One
New and Selected Poems, Volume One | Mary Oliver
When "New and Selected Poems, Volume One" was originally published in 1992, Mary Oliver was awarded the National Book Award. In the fourteen years 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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charl08
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I know several lives worth living...

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Booksbymybed
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Rereading, love every poem. She was such a treasure

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Rudis
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Poetry books don‘t usually take me very long to read, but I found myself slowing down naturally as I read each poem. The poems seem to require you to slow down and feel them, and then think about them a little, and the way they present nature. Would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys nature or poetry in general.

Nute Love this review! Take time to “slow down and feel them.” That‘s the best way to read and enjoy poetry.🙂 8mo
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Craftylikefox
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⬆️When Death Comes-Mary Oliver. Mary Oliver passed Jan 17, 2019 I don‘t read a lot of poetry and I have barely started to delve into Oliver‘s work. What I have read from her speaks deeply to me. I heard the best way to describe Oliver, on the Book Riot Podcast, Rebecca said, “If Nature is your church, Mary Oliver is the high priestess” 2019 has become a year where I come back to what I love. #poetrymatters photo: Nigel & I on a walk back in Fall

Craftylikefox This is only an excerpt of the poem When Death Comes 10mo
mylifeas_marissa I read this poem in my English and Composition class last semester. I love it! 10mo
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CherylC
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Delighting in this birthday gift from a dear friend who understood how saddened I was by the death of Mary Oliver.

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Booksbymybed
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JoScho I just took a screenshot of this on Instagram 🖤 11mo
Nebklvr RIP Mary Oliver 11mo
SW-T Mary Oliver will be missed 😢. RIP 11mo
Craftylikefox 🖤🖤🖤 11mo
youneverarrived Wow ❤️ 11mo
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❤️

kaysworld1 I am going to university to study law in 2020. I want to become a human right lawyer. I want to work with low income/ poor families, I will give them good, honest and fair representation. 👍 5mo
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Booksbymybed
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Goodbye, Mary Oliver, rest in peace. Heartbroken, but grateful for every word.

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kspenmoll
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#PoetryMatters #sun #MaryOliver #goodmorningsunshine
Could not resist one more sun poem. I hang this poem up in winter to read when it‘s so cold I hate to leave my toasty bed. My bed is next to an east facing window so the sun streams in.

Bookishthoughts How cool! 13mo
Cathythoughts I love Mary Oliver ❤️ 13mo
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CuriousG
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"Sometimes the great bones of my life feel so heavy and all the tricks my body knows...don't seem enough to carry me through this world..."

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Lindy
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“to be wild and perfect for a moment, before they are
nothing, forever”

-‘Peonies,‘ Mary Oliver. #poetry

ladym30 That is beautiful! 1y
Lindy @ladym30 Thanks. I have about 15 different kinds of peonies in my garden. 1y
ladym30 @Lindy They must be gorgeous. Love them. 1y
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Lindy @ladym30 😁🌸 1y
DivineDiana Fifteen different types of peonies! Heaven! 💗 1y
Lindy @DivineDiana I live in the right climate for herbaceous peonies. 😊 1y
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gregspuches
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Squeezing in a few poems before my 💛 gets home and we enjoy my (locally) famous “Super Secret Special Lemonade” cocktail (from my bartender days) al fresco 👅💦🍋🥃🍒🍃🌸

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I bet Toby here would relate to Mary Oliver.

“...
Inside the bright fields,

touched by their rough and spongy gold,
I am washed and washed
in the river
of earthly delight—

and what are you going to do—
what can you do
about it—
deep, blue night?”

From #Poppies

#MaryOliver #Poetry

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And if your spirit
carries within it

the thorn
that is heavier than lead—
if it‘s all you can do
to keep on trudging—

there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted ...

GirlChandler Needed this now. Damn depression. 2y
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Book 2 of #24in48 finished. I accidentally took an Advil PM this morning for my headache instead of an Excedrin. Light reading required as I'm so sleepy now. 😂😂

Mary Oliver. ❤️ Are words even necessary?

LauraBeth Oh no! I did that the other day - ended up conked out for most of the day 😴😴 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @LauraBeth ?? Yes. I'm fighting it hard. I got out of bed, took the Advil, looked at the bottle and said "oh shit" out loud. Whooppps. ??‍♀️ 2y
Bibliogeekery Mary Oliver 😍 2y
emilyhaldi Oh man!!! That's so annoying 😆😴💊 2y
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AshleySimon

“Make of yourself a light,”
said the Buddha
before he died.
...
clearly I‘m not needed
yet I feel myself turning
into something of inexplicable value.

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"Still, what I want in my life / is to be willing / to be dazzled - / to cast aside the weight of facts / and maybe even / to float a little / above this difficult world."

I find a new gem every time I re-read Mary Oliver. I read "Strawberry Moon" for the first time last night and it blew me away.

Lindy Mary Oliver 💜 2y
Avanders Welcome to Litsy! 2y
AshleySimon @Lindy 🤗❤️ @Avanders thanks! 2y
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A little Mary Oliver for the soul. 🖤

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ruthemmielang
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Thought I'd shake it up a bit and try some poetry 😊

tbreit Love Mary Oliver!!!! Her essay book is amazing too 2y
ruthemmielang @tbreit I know! Her writing is gorgeous 2y
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Christina__Cox
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"cramming / the black honey of summer / into my mouth" -Mary Oliver

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kerry
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Grey morning reading.

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Mary Oliver ❤️

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kathedron
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Not that I ever really finish a poetry book, but it feels like time to move on to Volume 2.
I have been reading a couple of these poems every morning, to start my day. Each morning I can be sure she'll point out some "ordinary" thing and it will shine with meaning and wonder. She is a remarkable poet who writes in the language of field, wood and seashore, not that of the PhD thesis. Her poems challenge me to love this world and to love being here.

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Wound up ready for work 40 minutes early this morning. Sneaking in a little reading and snuggling time.

MicheleinPhilly On a Monday morning???? You feeling OK? 😜 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @MicheleinPhilly 😂😂 I was certain I was going to forget my lunch or something. 2y
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In Blackwater Woods, Mary Oliver. 🌲

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Humpbacks, Mary Oliver 🐋

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kathedron
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Lately, Mary Oliver is the poet I turn to more than any other.
(These lines are from her poem, "Skunk Cabbage")
#poetryeveryday

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kathedron
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Beginnings are important. I like to start the day with a cup of tea and a couple of poems.
(I'm new here: this is my first post!)
#poetry #poetryeveryday #newbie

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Book mail. 💸💸💸

Amazon, take all my money.

Megabooks So true! 3y
Lindy Mary Oliver 💜 3y
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Last year, I discovered Mary Oliver through a blog post on Brainpickings. Her poem, Wild Geese, was the first of hers I'd read. It offered me solace in a difficult time. Over these last months, I find myself returning to her words over and over. So I did the obvious thing. #bookmail #poetry

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Go home Amazon. You're drunk. Paperback $12.40. Kindle edition $17.99. #wtfamazon 😦W. T. F.

Bookworm83 It's so ridiculous. 3y
Anovelobsession I have noticed this ALOT lately... Ebooks priced above the paperback price and sometimes more than the hardcover...absolutely ridiculous. My ebook purchases have definitely declined! 3y
Notafraidofwords So annoying. 3y
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Lindy Jeff and @rebeccaschinsky were talking about examples of this on the most recent Book Riot podcast. (edited) 3y
Ashley_Nicoletto @Lindy Yes! I love when he gets on an ebook rant. I feel his anger. 😂😂 3y
Lindy @Ashley_Nicoletto me too. 😀 3y
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Well. There that is.

TheEscapist Wow. I'll have to read this one. Simply and powerfully said. Thanks! 3y
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Iindseyo
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A little morning #poetry for you. Live big today 💜

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Day 2 #riotgrams #whereiread This is where I tuck in with a good book most of time. Exactly behind that wall is a recliner that I also use... (but I get more distracted in the tv room).

Desha Such a pretty quilt ❤️ (edited) 3y
Bookquilter @Desha Thank you... someday I will make quilts again... someday when I am not reading. (edited) 3y
Reviewsbylola Perfect! 3y
Desha ☺️😂😍📚📚📚 3y
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meichner87
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I've read this before, but not for years. I'm enjoying dipping into it again.

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It's a Mary Oliver kind of night! 😍 #queerbooks

Booksnob I love her. Have you listened to her on the On Being podcast. It's awesome. 3y
Makatma She is one of my favorite poets. 3y
BookHermit @Booksnob That is such a great interview 👍👏🏻 3y
Bibliogeekery @Booksnob - I haven't heard it! Thanks for the heads up, I'll have to check it out! 3y
Bibliogeekery @Makatma She is so great! 3y
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Stunning. I've been feeling very anxious lately, and this gave me space to sit and breathe and heal, something I think the best poetry should do. This is a collection of her older poems, so occasionally there are one or two that are problematic when it comes to native Americans, but overall it's an amazing work.

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MrBook Wonderful! 😊👍🏻 3y
BookishMarginalia This resonates. Thank you for sharing! 3y
Bibliogeekery 💗 Mary Oliver #queerbooks 3y
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brariane42
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Starting a third book, as I have a serious problem with keeping to one at a time. Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets, so this is going to be my calm read before bed tonight.

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GatheringBooks
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When my soul is tired, I read Mary Oliver, and I am whole again.

Seonjoon Oh my yes... 4y
GatheringBooks @Seonjoon her poetry is food for the soul. :) 4y
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