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Thirst

Poems

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Description

Thirst, a collection of forty-three new poems from 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 frst time her discovery of faith, without abandoning the love of the physical world that has been a hallmark of her work for four decades.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 28, 2006 – Consoling, and intense interaction with the natural world abounds in the 43 poems of Pulitzer Prize winner Oliver's new collection, as her many readers might expect. The trees whisper, a ribbon snake imparts lessons and the poet is likened to a swimming otter. What has changed, though, is that Oliver's new work reflects her faith in God and her grief over the death of her longtime partner. Those who do not share her brand of faith may or may not find its terms difficult to accept "Everything is His./ The door. The door jamb" but the loss of a loved one is more universal: of grief, she writes, "I went closer, / and I did not die." Still, many of these poems mention or court cataclysmic loss while refusing to dwell in it. At times, Oliver's will-to-gratitude can feel like preaching or admonishment; Oliver describes a luna moth with "a pale green wing whose rim is like a musical notation," before adding, "Have you noticed?" The role of danger or evil in this Eden is mostly unacknowledged: "... the things of this world / ... are kind, and maybe// also troubled."

Customer Reviews

Transcendent!

This is simply one of the most transcendent collection of poems I have ever read. Mary Oliver has to be both the primal observer of our time and the most gifted, beautiful wordsmith in praise of The Holy Trinity in all its guises. These poems are a source of light and love in the most humble yet powerful art. Thank you, Mary. Amen.

Thirst
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  • $14.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Poetry
  • Published: Oct 15, 2006
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 88 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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