Red Bird

Red Bird

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By (author) Mary Oliver

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  • Publisher: BLOODAXE BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 216mm x 8mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 10 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Tyne and Wear
  • ISBN 10: 1852248114
  • ISBN 13: 9781852248116
  • Sales rank: 89,993

Product description

Mary Oliver is one of America's best-loved poets. Her luminous poetry celebrates nature and beauty, love and the spirit, silence and wonder, extending the visionary American tradition of Whitman, Emerson, Frost and Emily Dickinson. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, she has lived for many years on Cape Cod. Her extraordinary poetry is nourished by her intimate knowledge and minute daily observation of the New England coast, its woods and ponds, its birds and animals, plants and trees. 'Red bird came all winter firing up the landscape as nothing else could'.So begins her latest collection, and the image of that fiery bird stays with the reader, appearing in unexpected forms and guises until, in a postscript, he explains himself: '...for truly the body needs a song, a spirit, a soul. And no less, to make this work, the soul has need of a body, and I am both of the earth and I am of the inexplicable beauty of heaven where I fly so easily, so welcome, yes, and this is why I have been sent, to teach this to your heart. "Red Bird" is Mary Oliver's most wide-ranging collection to date, and includes her first-ever cycle of love poems. As in all her books, there are poems on the natural world and her gratitude for its gifts, as well as tributes to the many people she has loved in her seventy years, and poems for her disobedient dog, Percy. But here her attention turns also with ferocity to the degradation of the Earth and the denigration of the downtrodden by the powerful.

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Author information

Mary Oliver was born in Maple Heights, Ohio in 1935. Her first collection American Primitive (1983) won a Pulitzer Prize. It was followed by books including Dream Work (1986), House of Light (1990), New and Selected Poems (1992), White Pine (1994), West Wind (1997), Winter Hours (1999), The Leaf and the Cloud (2000), What Do We Know (2002), Owls and Other Fantasies (2003), Why I Wake Early (2004), Blue Iris (2004), New and Selected Poems: volume two (2005), and a CD recording, At Blackwater Pond: Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver (2005). Bloodaxe published her first UK selection, Wild Geese: Selected Poems, in 2004, followed by her latest work in Thirst (2007) and Red Bird (2008). Mary Oliver is America's biggest selling contemporary poet. She holds the Catherine Osgood Foster Chair at Bennington College, Vermont, and lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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'Mary Oliver moves by instinct, faith, and determination. She is among out finest poets, and still growing' - Alicia Ostriker, The Nation'These are life-enhancing and redemptive poems that coax the sublime from the subliminal' - Sally Connolly, Poetry'I think of Oliver as a fierce, uncompromising lyricist, a loyalist of the marshes. Hers is a voice we desperately need' - Maxine Kumin, Women's Review of Books