Owls and Other Fantasies
Poems and Essays
By Mary Oliver
(Beacon Press, Paperback, 9780807068755, 88pp.)
Publication Date: April 1, 2006
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Within these pages Mary Oliver collects twenty-six of her poems about the birds that have been such an important part of her life-hawks, hummingbirds, and herons; kingfishers, catbirds, and crows; swans, swallows, and, of course, the snowy owl; among a dozen others-including ten poems original to this volume. She adds two beautifully crafted essays, "Owls," selected for the Best American Essays series, and "Bird," one that will surely take its place among the classics of the genre.
Mary Oliver, winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, was acknowledged by the New York Times Book Review as one of this country’s best-selling poets. Her books of poetry include Evidence, Red Bird, Thirst, and New and Selected Poems , Volumes One and Two. Her works of prose include Our World, Long Life, and A Poetry Handbook. She has recorded two audio books, At Blackwater Pond and Many Miles. She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and Hobe Sound, Florida.
Mary Oliver is beautiful and accurate in this book of poetry and prose about birds . . . all rendered with the precision of a line-drawing of a single feather that puts the entire wing into perspective.--Orion
"What we have here are moral essays in prose and verse, passionate meditations on the conduct of life. You will be the wiser-as I believe I am-for having read them."--Frank Wilson, Philadelphia Inquirer
"These poems and essays dazzle us and then send us into deep reflection about the marvels and mysteries of life that come to us in the sightings, songs, and soaring of birds."--Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Health
"Owls and Other Fantasies will bring much pleasure to the many readers who claim Oliver as their favorite poet, as well as to people new to her work." --Judy Clarence, Booklist
"This...title will bring much pleasure to the many readers who claim Oliver as their favorite poet, as well as to people new to her work."--Library Journal
A Book Sense 76 Selection in January 2004