"New and Selected Poems, Volume One" by Mary Oliver

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Title: New and Selected Poems, Volume One
Author: Mary Oliver
Start Date: 4/18/16
End Date: 6/24/16
# of Pages: 272
Edition: Beacon Press revised harcover (2005)

Favorite Quotes: (1) “When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder / if I have made of my life something particular, and real. / I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, / or full of argument.” (2) “Do you love this world? / Do you cherish your humble and silky life? / Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?” (3) “All my life / I have been restless - / I have felt there is something / more wonderful than gloss - / than wholeness - / than staying at home. / I have not been sure what it is.” (4) “…as though their minds were on fire / with the flower of one perfect idea” (5) “Last night / in the fields / I lay down in the darkness / to think about death, / but instead I fell asleep,” (6) “Tell me, what else should I have done? / Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? / Tell me, what is it you plan to do / with your one wild and precious life?” (7) “…the secret name / of every death is life again…”

Why I Chose It: I’d heard good reviews of Mary Oliver’s poetry.

Other Notes: Perhaps “The Summer Day” best represents what captures my attention about Oliver’s poetry. This collection contains a lot of reflection on life and death and uncertainty, most often slipped between beautiful verses of observation while sitting in the woods, alongside a creek, or lying in the open fields. The questions come out of the freedom (cognitive and otherwise) which accompanies wildness and fresh air. I love it.

 
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