Blue Pastures by Mary Oliver

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With consummate craftsmanship, Mary Oliver has fashioned fifteen luminous prose pieces: on nature, writing, and herself and those around her. She praises Whitman, denounces cuteness, notes where to find the extraordinary, and extols solitude.

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Mary Oliver is one of the most celebrated and best-selling poets in America. Her books include Red Bird; Our World; Thirst; Blue Iris; New and Selected Poems, Volume One; and New and Selected Poems, Volume Two. She has also published five books of prose, including Rules for the Dance and, most recently, Long Life. She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Published November 10, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 136 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction

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Oliver stakes her aesthetic claim early and unequivocally in the book's opening essay, contending that ``the extraordinary is what art is about.'' She bemoans the loss of otherworldliness in modern confessional poetry, which profits from relaxed diction and personal, everyday subject matter (whic...

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For better and for worse, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Oliver is a Romantic--capital R. She is enamored of nature, not the cute nature of spring flowers/ prancing fawns but Edmund Burke's awe-ful natur

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But the best part of the book is Oliver's plein-air poetizing, consisting of tidbits almost all jotted down ``somewhere out-of-doors'': in her partial observations of nature (``Just at the lacey edge of the sea, a dolphin's skull''), her exhortations (``You must not ever stop being whimsical'') o...

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