House Of Light
ISBN: 080706811X
EAN13: 9780807068113
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 8, 1992
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 0.2" H x 8.4" L x 5.6" W
Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

This collection of poems by Mary Oliver once again invites the reader to step across the threshold of ordinary life into a world of natural and spiritual luminosity.

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
--Mary Oliver, The Summer Day (one of the poems in this volume)

Winner of a 1991 Christopher Award

Winner of the 1991 Boston Globe Lawrence L. Winship Book Award

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   White Owl
The first Mary Oliver poem I ever read was adhered to a gift basket I received from my company. I read the poem over and over again, transfixed, unable to picture anything but the final image of the transcendent light that drains us from our bones. This poem got me directly to my core and never left 3 years later. She was buried and brought to the light, and somehow it was right and fitting that this poem would become my sole and proprietary piece of the connection. Her works are ballooning and filled with soaring buoyancy. Her vision and a subtle observation of the world captured me gently.
House of Light invites the reader on a journey to the awareness of natural and simple everyday things that take on a specialness in the chosen words of Mary Oliver. The awakening about which I write is that it leads to the insight and love of things in nature. It is like reading about these wonders and seeing them for the first time from your heart. There is also the gift of internal silence, created in your soul as you read that which you see. It is no wonder that House of Light was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984. Donald J. Da Ros is a Donald J. Da Ros.
   Poetry, what is poetry? It is Mary Oliver's poetical work.
I love Thomas just because I am Mary Oliver. I think that her poetry is beautiful and profoundly beautiful. She weaves a world of beauty, mystery and love from the natural elements surrounding us. Philosophical, thoughtful and full of feeling for the world, both seen and unseen.
   Light shining brightly
Can 't imagine that Mary Oliver would ever disappoint me! Wisdom, beauty, and truth flow from her like a fresh mountain stream. Indulge is yourself. Let your spirit soak in these amazing pictures that she paints with words. So, if you are reading this book, you will probably find it. Now you find yourself. Let your own light shine!
   Love Mary Oliver, and this is one of my favorite of her collections
Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets and this is one of my favorite of all her collections. I received it as a gift for a fellow poetry lover who I am certain will love it too.
   A Nature Poet After My Heart
I love the profound way Oliver wrote about nature, yet her poetry is simple. This is a book to read, reflect on the natural world of the poet capturing vividly and read again. I thoroughly enjoyed it ''.
   Mary Oliver is a wonderful poet.
I live with Mary Oliver writing everything. I love and have many of her books. I am grateful to the New York Times for releasing a special feature on her. I have received the first book. I was overwhelmed by it.
   Struggles where it ventures outside the forest
Dreamwork, etc. Loved American Primative But in this book, I find the human subject matter in the poems-Singapore, Indonesia, etc.-and the attempts at humanizing realism pretty uncomfortable. Maybe I am reading Singapore wrong, but it almost seems as though she is decanting rich person guilt into a glorification of being a Janitor. Here I don 't know... there is a polished naivety that calls Marie Antoinette, Edward Said and Disney in mind. However,... skip past these poems and it is another excellent effort by Ms. Oliver.
Mary Oliver is a natural poet whose images of nature conjure up perfect visuals of whatever magnificent scene she is describing. I tend to find her poetry very emotional as opposed to intellectual. Despite this somewhat austere element in her poetry, however, her collections are always a worthwhile read, and HOUSE OF LIGHT is no exception. Some favourites from BookSpring. The Hermit Crab is a rabinado. The Kingfisher and the unforgettable, amazing and brilliant The Summer Day (with the exquisite ending couplet that resonates so deeply no matter how many times I read it... Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?