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Felicity

Poems
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Penguin
 | 
October, 2017
ISBN:
9780143128762
In stock now: 
6
$22.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In this collection of new poems, Felicity, Mary Oliver turns her eye from the grace of the natural world to the even more mysterious landscape of the human heart. Here we can immerse ourselves in Oliver’s love poems.

In these poems, she meditates on love and nature, describing with joy the strangeness and wonder of human connection. She asks what it means to truly love another person, while reminding us of the transformative power of attention. Humorous, gentle, and always honest, Oliver examines love both sacred and profane.

Our most delicate chronicler of physical landscape, Oliver has described her work as loving the world.

STORAGE

When I moved from one house to another

there were many things I had no room

for. What does one do? I rented a storage

space. And filled it. Years passed.

Occasionally I went there and looked in,

but nothing happened, not a single

twinge of the heart.

As I grew older the things I cared

about grew fewer, but were more

important. So one day I undid the lock

and called the trash man. He took

everything.

I felt like the little donkey when

his burden is finally lifted. Things!

Burn them, burn them! Make a beautiful

fire! More room in your heart for love,

for the trees! For the birds who own

nothing—the reason they can fly.

As in Blue Horses, Dog Songs, and A Thousand Mornings, with Felicity Oliver praises love and life in all their savage beauty.

No, I'd never been to this country

before. No, I didn't know where the roads

would lead me. No, I didn't intend to

turn back.

Publisher’s Description: 

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 Olivers 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 describeswith joythe 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.

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