Winter Hours Prose, Prose Poems, and Poems

ISBN-10: 0395850878
ISBN-13: 9780395850879
Edition: 1999
Authors: Mary Oliver
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/24/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

"What good company Mary Oliver is!" the Los Angeles Times has remarked. And never more so than in this extraordinary and engaging gathering of nine essays, accompanied by a brief selection of new prose poems and poems. (One of the essays has been chosen as among the best of the year by The Best American Essays 1998, another by The Anchor Essay Annual.) With the grace and precision that have won her legions of admirers, Oliver talks here of turtle eggs and housebuilding, of her surprise at the sudden powerful flight of swans, of the "thousand unbreakable links between each of us and everything else." She talks of her own poems and of some of her favorite poets: Poe, writing of "our unescapable destiny," Frost and his ability to convey at once that "everything is all right, and everything is not all right," the "unmistakably joyful" Hopkins, and Whitman, seeking through his poetry "the replication of a miracle." And Oliver offers us a glimpse as well of her "private and natural self -- something that must in the future be taken into consideration by any who would claim to know me."

Mary Oliver was born in Maple Heights, Ohio on September 10, 1935. She attended Ohio State University and Vassar College, but did not receive a degree. Her first collection of poems, No Voyage and Other Poems, was published in 1963. Her other works include White Pine, West Wind, Why I Wake Early, Thirst, Red Bird, Swan: Poems and Prose Poems, A Thousand Mornings, and Blue Horses: Poems. She has won numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize for American Primitive, the Christopher Award and the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award for House of Light, and the National Book Award for New and Selected Poems. Her books of prose include A Poetry Handbook, Blue Pastures, Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse, and Long Life: Essays and Other Writings. She held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Bennington College from 1995 to 2001.

Building the House
Sister Turtle
The Swan
Three Prose Poems
Moss
Once
The Whistler
The Bright Eyes of Eleonora: Poe's Dream of Recapturing the Impossible
A Man Named Frost
The Poem as Prayer, the Prayer as Ornament: Gerard Manley Hopkins
Some Thoughts on Whitman
The Boat
Sand Dabs, Four
Sand Dabs, Five
Sand Dabs, Six
Swoon
The Storm
Winter Hours
Acknowledgments

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