Thirty-Five Dog Songs and One Essay
By Mary Oliver
Penguin Press, Hardcover, 9781594204784, 127pp.
Publication Date: October 8, 2013
celebrating the dogs that have enriched the poet's world
Mary Oliver's Dog Songs is a celebration of the special bond between human and dog, as understood through the poet's relationship to the canines that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her work. Oliver's poems begin in the small everyday moments familiar to all dog lovers, but through her extraordinary vision these observations become higher meditations on the world and our place in it.
Dog Songs includes visits with old friends, like Oliver's beloved Percy, and introduces still others in poems of love and laughter, heartbreak and grief. Throughout, the many dogs of Oliver's life emerge as fellow travelers and as guides, uniquely able to open our eyes to the lessons of the moment and the joys of nature and connection.
The New York Times
“Dog Songs....is a sweet golden retriever of a book that curls up with the reader.”