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Dog Songs: Poems

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The poems in 'Dog Songs' begin in the small everyday moments familiar to all dog lovers and become, through her extraordinary vision, meditations on the world and our place in it.

The popularity of [Dog Songs] feels as inevitable and welcome as a wagging tail upon homecoming’ Boston GlobeIn Dog Songs, Mary Oliver celebrates the special bond between human and dog, as understood through her connection to the dogs who across the years accompanied her on her daily walks, warmed her home and inspired her work. She] is a poet of wisdom and generosity whose vision allows us to look intimately at a world not of our making. People who have not only forged our world with curiosity and compassion but also plunged deeply into themselves.Dog Songs celebrates dogs Oliver encountered and was affectionate with and shows how integral they were to the poet’s daily life. Then they would all arrive— Ben, his pals, maybe an unknown dog or two, all of them thirsty and happy. Oliver's capacity for simple ecstasy in response to the natural world remains - Time Out You may also be interested in.

In Dog Songs, Mary Oliver celebrates the special bond between human and dog, as understood through her connection to the dogs who across the years accompanied her on her daily walks, warmed her home and inspired her work. I have no staff, no interns, not even an assistant — a thoroughly one-woman labor of love that is also my life and my livelihood. Like Lessing, Oliver listens, reads, hears across language and species, and transports herself to the "still magical first world. There are wild things that have been altered, but only into a semblance of tameness, it is no real change. The dog would remind us of the pleasures of the body with its graceful physicality, the acuity and rapture of the senses, and the beauty of forest and ocean and rain and our own breath.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. Dog Songs are American poet Mary Oliver's (September 10, 1935 - January 17, 2019) poetic reminiscences.

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