Dream Work

Dream Work

eBook - 2014
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Dream Work, a collection of forty-five poems, follows both chronologically and logically Mary Oliver's American Primitive, which won her the Pulitzer Prize for the finest book of poetry published in 1983 by an American poet. The depth and diversity of perceptual awareness-so steadfast and radiant in American Primitive-continue in Dream Work. She has turned her attention in these poems to the solitary and difficult labors of the spirit-to accepting the truth about one's personal world, and to valuing the triumphs while transcending the failƯures of human relationships. Whether by way of inheritance-as in her poem about the Holocaust-or through a painful glimpse into the present-as in Acid, a poem about an injured boy begging in the streets of Indonesia-the events and tendencies of history take on a new importance here. More deeply than in her previous volumes, the sensibility behind these poems has merged with the world. Mary Oliver's willingness to be joyful continues, deepened by self-awareness, by experience, and by choice.
Publisher: [United States] :, Grove/Atlantic, Inc.,, 2014
ISBN: 9780802192417
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jun 03, 2019

I am tempted to give this 3 stars coming off of Twelve Moons and American Primitive, but that would be a crime against all the 3-star books of poetry I wade into based on word of mouth or finalist-status for some award or other. “The Journey” is justly famous, but I’d put “Wild Geese” and “Turtles” above it. I would like someone to read “Whispers” at my funeral and read it LOUD. There are a half-dozen incredible pieces here, but I am so spoiled for more greatness per page ratios from Twelve Moons and American Primitive. She likes that quatrain style of short lines but I don’t think it does her any favors. She can do short lines, certainly. “The Journey” is brutal with the short lines, but it takes longer to wind up its punches than four lines. This book has a lot of rivers, a lot of swamps, a lot of whiteness. More people and fewer animals and far fewer constituents of the plant kingdom.

Apr 09, 2013

great poems to read aloud - even to yourself.

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