Dog Songs: Poems (Paperback)

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I opened Oliver's book expecting many eloquently written poems and intricate illustrations. Additionally, however, Dog Songs offers so much inspiration and joy, similar to the beloved canines themselves. Dogs teach humans to wander freely, smell deeply, and live boundlessly. As Sammy suggests, "life is about the wonderful things that may happen if you break the ropes that are holding you." —Emma

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"The popularity of Dog Songs] feels as inevitable and welcome as a wagging tail upon homecoming." --The Boston Globe

Mary Oliver's Dog Songs is a celebration of the special bond between human and dog, as understood through the poet's relationships 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 merge 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.

About the Author

Born in a small town in Ohio, Mary Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of twenty-eight. She currently lives in Florida.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143125839
ISBN-10: 0143125834
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: September 29th, 2015
Pages: 144
Language: English