Owls And Other Fantasies: Poems And Essays
ISBN: 0807068756
EAN13: 9780807068755
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 1, 2006
Pages: 88
Dimensions: 0.3" H x 8.3" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Pulitzer-prize-winning poet Mary Oliver collects 26 of her poems about the birds that have been such an important part of her life

Within these pages you will find hawks, hummingbirds, and herons; kingfishers, catbirds, and crows; swans, swallows and, of course, the snowy owl, among a dozen others-including 10 poems that have never before been collected. She adds 2 beautifully crafted essays, Owls, selected for the Best American Essays series, and Bird, a new essay that will surely take its place among the classics of the genre.

In the words of the poet Stanley Kunitz, Mary Oliver's poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her special gift is to connect us with our sources in the natural world, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations.

For anyone who values poetry and essays, for anyone who cares about birds, Owls and Other Fantasies will be a treasured gift; for those who love both, it will be essential reading.

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   Found by accident, loved and cherished.
By looking for pictures of Owls I found one of Marry Oliver's poems. I am shocked at the imagery she possesses and by the mouth-draining metaphors and almost seamless way of making you flow with the read. She has especially two details that I appreciate from her writing very much. She plays brilliantly with light and darkness, creating an assorted array of contrasts that allows you to take the imagery as if you were there, watching what she did when she was hit by the arrow of poetic thinking. 2. ) She has this most satisfying way of dealing with death : Death does not seem to bug her or does it seem to be considered right and wrong, it is simply like the keeper of life and the taker of it, too. She admires how death does what it must, but considers what life must keep in order to maintain balance. I think it is this particular characteristic that draws my attention more and entices me to keep reading her writings.
   Perfect gift for dear friends.
Mary Oliver's poetry is uplifting and pensive. As a naturalist and educator, I like to give gifts that enhance the enjoyment of the human world. Mary Oliver's books are my go-to for close friends and family.
In the past few years, I have struggled to find poetry that embraces vocabulary use and creativity really. I loved this book so much that I ordered a paper copy to keep. Despite its own language and beauty, each poem has its own unique language and beauty. The essay on the Gull also had me sobbing.
   Definitely a worthwhile read !
Beautiful poetry and prose from one of my favorite authors!
   A nice little book
A very pleasant book and a little bit short.
   Win, Win, Win
Thsi was a win, read a prize winning poet.
   Gorgeous imagery.
Every time Atwood does it, he says it. You find a piece of it outside with you and take a bit inside you too.
   Mary Oliver, still alive to me.....so, so much
With his usual tenderness and wisdom, I could reconcile with the killing to survive in the wilderness. The Sun consumes itself, Jesus offers his life and flesh,........ this eternal cycle of life.