Thirst: Poems
ISBN: 0807068977
EAN13: 9780807068977
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 1, 2007
Pages: 88
Dimensions: 0.4" H x 8.2" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Thirst, a collection of forty-three new poems from the Pulitzer Prize-winner Mary Oliver, introduces two new directions in the poet's work. Grappling with grief at the death of her beloved partner of over forty years, she strives to experience sorrow as a path to spiritual progress, grief as part of loving and not its end. And within these pages she chronicles for the first time her discovery of faith, without abandoning the love of the physical world that has been a hallmark of her work for four decades. In three stunning long poems, Oliver explores the dimensions and tests the parameters of religious doctrine, asking of being good, for example, To what purpose? / Hope of Heaven? Not that. But to enter / the other kingdom: grace, and imagination, / and the multiple sympathies: to be as a leaf, a rose, / a dolphin.

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   Tenderness during grief
One of my favorite of Mary’s, her live long had passed. You can feel the grief and the attention and the sorrow. You can also feel the earth and the remembrance and the community.

I wish I could say thank you to her for this.
   Lovely, accessible poetry for thoughtful non-English majors
I bought this little book for my daughter - in-law, who discovered Mary Oliver last year and raved about her poems. As I read through this volume before sending it off, the many reasons that Oliver is so popular became very clear to me. Much contemporary American poetry is so inexplicable that it holds interest only for English PhD students or professors. I was '' College English teacher, but now when I sit to read a poem, I do it for pleasure, not as an excuse for exegesis. Pleasure is what Oliver's poems provide even as they strike the heart and elicit tears. They are beautiful, straight and very unpretentious.
   Read it and experience your spirit soar and your heart expand ad infinitum.
Here I thought that Khalil Gibran's poetry could never move me to tears no matter how many times I read it. My god, how wrong I was and for this I could not be more grateful. This is writing that brings a keen awareness of the magnificence and innocence of being and being in nature. It will melt your heart over and over again as your consciousness moves through the soul of her words.
   More religious
Clearly, Mary Oliver has grown more religious as she has aged. And there are some Christian images in this new poetry that may surprise her readers. But some of these poems are also deeper and more personal than earlier works, and I like having them on my Kindle for easy reference. I am not quite sure who is responsible for the electronic layout, but I found it frustrating that some lines appeared in larger type than others. In fact, some strophes were of different sizes, which I found irritating. And who wants someone to tell you how much time it will take to finish a book of poetry? In this case, I would say a few years.
These poems transcend thought, Ms. Oliver has a way with words that have engaged me on a soul level.
   Beautiful poems!
This will be a book that I return to again and again, brilliant thoughts, deep words and moving images. I highly recommend ''.
   Not much to this collection
All the poems are pretty much the same. No magical revelations, very few real or mind opening moments.
   A Poet's Conversion?
Mary Oliver's work has always fascinated me. This one is interesting in that she seems to have lost her long-term partner in religion after suffering the loss of her long-term partner.
   Not just another slideshow
I listen to her kind voice and I feel the touch of her joy and I begin to learn how to bear sorrow.
   Surprise Disappointment
This book has very little of the magic and spark that I have come to expect from Mary Oliver. Most of the poems seem dry and off-balance. I want to wish her all the best and hope that she recovers from her grief.