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Blue iris : poems and essays by Mary Oliver

Blue iris : poems and essays (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Mary Oliver

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An elegant collection of poetry and prose about flowers, trees, and plants of all sorts. A companion to Owls and Other Fantasies, Mary Oliver's poems and essays about birds, was one of the best-selling volumes of poetry of 2003 and a Book Sense 76 selection. Blue Iris, Oliver's new collection, is designed to be a companion to that volume. Elegantly illustrated, Blue Iris brings together ten new poems, two dozen of Mary Oliver's favorite poems, and two previously unpublished essays. The poet considers roses, of course, and poppies and peonies; lilies and morning glories; the thick-bodied black oak and the fragrant white pine; the tall sunflower and the slender bean. James Dickey has said of her, "Far beneath the surface-flash of linguistic effect, Mary Oliver works her quiet and mysterious spell. It is a true spell, unlike any other poet's, the enchantment of the true maker." In Blue Iris, she has captured with breathtaking clarity the true enchantment and mysterious spell of flowers, weeds, plants, and trees and their magnetic hold on us.… (more)
Title:Blue iris : poems and essays
Authors:Mary Oliver
Info:Boston: Beacon Press, c2004. 75 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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Lovely, both in form and content. Van Gogh’s famous image of irises adorns the covers, and the interior is sprinkled with black and white photos of branches, leaves and flowers.

The poems and essays focus on love and respect for flora, with particular attention to flowers and trees. Oliver’s poetry flows easily, without rhyme, and her essays are infused with the same fluid wordplay.

This is a brief, accessible book, especially for those, like me, suspicious of poetry. Oliver quietly contemplates the natural world, and conveys its wonder and beauty. ( )
2 vote Girl_Detective | Mar 8, 2009 |
Excellent poet, though themes often repeat. ( )
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Editions: 0807068829, 0807068837

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