Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Oliver, Mary Swan: Poems and Prose Poems

Oliver, Mary. Swan: Poems and Prose Poems.
Beacon Press 2010 60p 23.00
978-0-8070-68899-1 E-BN

Mary Oliver’s poetry speaks to the soul. Today reveals the beauty in a dark day, while The Poet Dreams of the Classroom is every child in us remembering what it was like to sit in a classroom, wishing and praying to be doing anything else. I am not a reader of poetry or prose. This said I truly enjoyed reading this little volume. Mary Oliver, winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, knows how to reach into a person’s soul, hold it in front of mirror, and allow one to view what’s there. Yes there are some poems such as The Riders which talks about times past and The Poet Is Told to Fill Up More Pages that are what they say they are. But the majority of the poems and prose do speak to the soul. Just Around the House, Early in the Morning allows the reader to literally see the calm of the morning; The Living Together, the harmony of nature and humanity; and In the Darkness, love. Even this non-poetry reader found heart in this little volume. Fisher, Lynn

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