Owls and Other Fantasies

Owls and Other Fantasies

Poems and Essays

Book - 2003
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Pulitzer-prize-winning poet Mary Oliver collects 26 of her poems about the birds that have been such an important part of her life

Within these pages you will find hawks, hummingbirds, and herons; kingfishers, catbirds, and crows; swans, swallows and, of course, the snowy owl, among a dozen others-including 10 poems that have never before been collected. She adds 2 beautifully crafted essays, "Owls," selected for the Best American Essays series, and "Bird," a new essay that will surely take its place among the classics of the genre.

In the words of the poet Stanley Kunitz, "Mary Oliver's poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her special gift is to connect us with our sources in the natural world, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations."

For anyone who values poetry and essays, for anyone who cares about birds, Owls and Other Fantasies will be a treasured gift; for those who love both, it will be essential reading.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c2003
ISBN: 9780807068755
Characteristics: 67 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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May 04, 2019

A deceptively simple collection of poems and a couple of essays covering birds - most types and nearly all were joyous encounters.
Between poems was a lovely illustration of a single feather.
Some in perfect condition, others quite rumpled and another quite bedraggled.

Among the poems were celebrations of the fierce avian predators, the common starling, and pigeon, plus one essay was about a gull found injured on the shore.

If I had been exposed to poetry like this in primary school, who knows whether I would have discovered her earlier! Thank goodness for the 2019 Ten to Try challenge at my public library.

Aug 28, 2017

Mary Oliver has the ability to write so beautifully about a walk in the woods, birds or any small part of daily life we may overlook or take for granted. Illustrations nice too!

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