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Felicity: Poems Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Oliver, Mary

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ISBN: 0143128760     ISBN-13: 9780143128762
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: October 2017
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Annotation: Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, celebrates love in her new collection of poems

"If I have any secret stash of poems, anywhere, it might be about love, not anger," Mary Oliver once said in an interview. Finally, in her stunning new collection, Felicity, we can immerse ourselves in Oliver’s love poems. Here, great happiness abounds. Our most delicate chronicler of physical landscape, Oliver has described her work as loving the world. With Felicity she examines what it means to love another person. She opens our eyes again to the territory within our own hearts; to the wild and to the quiet. In these poems, she describes—with joy—the strangeness and wonder of human connection. As in Blue Horses, Dog Songs, and A Thousand Mornings, with Felicity Oliver honors love, life, and beauty. 

Mary Oliver's bestselling collection of essays, Upstream, was published by Penguin Press in Fall 2016. 


Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Poetry | American
Dewey: 811/.54
LCCN: 2017297165
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.00" W x 0.25" (0.20 lbs) 81 pages
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Born in a small town in Ohio, Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of twenty-eight. Over the course of her long career, she has received numerous awards. Her fourth book, American Primitive, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984. She has led workshops and held residencies at various colleges and universities, including Bennington College, where she held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching. Oliver currently lives in Florida. Her newest collection of poetry, Devotions, is in sale 10/10/2017.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 September #3)

"Only if there are angels in your head will you ever, possibly, see one," writes Pulitzer Prize–winner Oliver (Dog Songs) in a collection that serves as an ecopoetic, transcendentalist guidebook for the wandering soul. Replete with endearing adages and prophetic wisdom, and subdivided by Rumi quotes, Oliver's three sections—"The Journey," "Love," and "Felicity"—follow the guiding voices of nature and sacred love. She expresses gratitude for the embrace of her partner—"I can't remember/ everything—// so many years!/ Are the morning kisses/ the sweetest/ or the evenings// or the inbetweens?/ All I know/ is that ‘thank you' should appear/ somewhere"—and explains that humans' need for embrace is why "the body/ gladly lingers in the wind or the rain" when one is lonely. Leading readers to appreciate the overlooked all around them, Oliver takes notice of birds, assured that "the reason they can fly" is because they own nothing. She also looks toward a cricket who no longer sings, redeeming him in his late age by reminding readers that this silence "doesn't mean/ he hasn't been an excellent cricket/ all his life." Oliver's longtime fans and those who seek spiritual renewal will find themselves a worthy guide in this sagacious, pantheistic read. (Oct.)

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