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Dog Songs by Mary Oliver
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Dog Songs

by Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver definitely didn't win the Pulitzer for this collection (and I suspect it only got published because she did), but if you love dogs you'll roll your eyes, forgive the anthropomorphising, and read on. One idea she drives home is that there's no happier sight than a dog off leash and busy. I have to agree with that - the 32 acre dog park near my house is the happiest place on earth for dogs and humans - but definitely not for gophers. ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
It seemed as if my dog
was reading along with me
perched behind me on the couch
her head heavy on my shoulder.

"Why are you crying?"
she would ask me.
"Why are you laughing?"

Because, I would say,

This poet understands dogs.
This poet understands words.
This poet understands love. ( )
  foggidawn | Jan 28, 2019 |
She loves dogs, individually and collectively. Lovely homage to our dear doggie friends! ( )
  hemlokgang | Jan 23, 2019 |
Mary Oliver's Dog Songs will touch the hearts of all dog lovers. The poems celebrate the bonds we share with our canine companions. Some bring smiles, while others bring tears. Since the average dog's life span is much shorter than the average human's, Oliver has outlived quite a few of her treasured pets. Several of them are memorialized in this collection. This book would be a welcome gift for any poetry-loving dog owner. ( )
  cbl_tn | Aug 19, 2018 |
Lots of dog love, elegantly expressed. You will find your dearly remembered and much loved dogs here, indomitable hounds, bounding big ones, coy small ones. Those whose essence it is to look to us and, somehow, love us and accept our love. ( )
  quondame | Jun 22, 2018 |
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"Beloved by her readers, special to the poet's own heart, Mary Oliver's dog poems offer a special window into her world. Dog Songs collects some of the most cherished poems together with new works, offering a portrait of Oliver's relationship to the companions that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her work. To be illustrated with images of the dogs themselves, the subjects will come to colorful life here. These are poems of love and laughter, heartbreak and grief. In these pages we visit with old friends, including Oliver's well-loved Percy, and meet still others. Throughout, the many dogs of Oliver's life emerge as fellow travelers, but also as guides, spirits capable of opening our eyes to the lessons of the moment and the joys of nature and connection. Dog Songs is a testament to the power and depth of the human-animal exchange, from an observer of extraordinary vision"--… (more)

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