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Blue Horses: Poems

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I’ll sip, and sometimes gulp, these poems along with her previous ones, and I’ll trust that she continues to take her long walks with her notebook and pen in her pocket so that soon I’ll have more to savor. Mary Oliver teaches us the profound act of paying attention - a living wonder that makes it possible to appreciate all the others. I adore the strong colours, the sinuous shape of the horses, the way they are both separate and somehow seem to meld together.

Born in a small town in Ohio, Mary Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of 28. For those who want more, who want the horses to mean something more clear or more defined, Oliver asks what you could possible expect. Oliver's books on the craft of poetry, A Poetry Handbook and Rules for the Dance, are used widely in writing programs. The horses are not "straight-forward" horses, but rather almost like messengers, clearly grand and knowledgeable, but with a fondness and acceptance of our poet.

She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from The Art Institute of Boston (1998), Dartmouth College (2007) and Tufts University (2008).

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Sign up to the Little, Brown newsletter for news of upcoming publications, competitions and updates from our authors. She has also received the Shelley Memorial Award; a Guggenheim Fellowship; an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Achievement Award; the Christopher Award and the L. Form and spirit are both expressed and addressed and Mary does not shy away from difficult aspects of life. Whether considering a bird's nest, the seeming patience of oak trees, or the artworks of Franz Marc, Oliver reminds us of the transformative power of attention and how much can be contained within the smallest moments.There is such an ineffable sadness to Oliver's unwillingness to share this news with the horses, as if they exist in a different realm where such tragedy could not occur, would be outlandish. Stanley KunitzThe gift of Oliver's poetry is that she communicates the beauty she finds in the world and makes it unforgettable. Oliver's essays have appeared in Best American Essays 1996, 1998, 2001; the Anchor Essay Annual 1998, as well as Orion, Onearth and other periodicals.

Oliver's poems are thoroughly convincing - as genuine, moving and implausible as the first caressing breeze of spring. It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance. The horses are the ones to approach Oliver and I think it's key that she says she is 'commingling' with them.From 1995, for five years, she held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Bennington College. We use Google Analytics to see what pages are most visited, and where in the world visitors are visiting from. Herons, sparrows, owls, and kingfishers flit across the page in meditations on love, artistry, and impermanence. As you may be able to guess from the year he died, Marc didn't make it through World War I, a sad fact addressed by Mary Oliver as well.

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