Mary Oliver, winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, was acknowledged by the New York Times Book Review as "far and away, this country's best-selling poet." Her twenty books of poetry in-clude Swan, The Truro Bear and Other Adventures, and Red Bird. Oliver lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
"A 'nature' poet in the league of Wordsworth, whose poetry is said
to have inspired this volume. . . There is still almost audible
excitement in her literary voice, but her nature mysticism seems to
have reached a stage more of stillness--a quiet that is not so much
a quality as a presence that informs most of her images . . . A
subtle collection that sometimes teaches but never preaches. All
the usual Oliver themes--the divine in the physical world, the
importance of having loved, the power and consolation of words--are
--Tim Pfaff, Bay Area Reporter
"Gloriously alive, inquisitive, and welcoming. A prolific and
cherished poet, [Oliver] makes readers feel as though they've been
part of the quest for wisdom and grace she records in her lucid,
giving, prayerful poems . . . Gratitude is the mode here, and
sustained attention is the vehicle . . . Within each lifting lyric,
Oliver declares all of life holy."
--Donna Seaman, Booklist "I think of Oliver as a fierce, uncompromising lyricist, a loyalist of the marshes. Hers is a voice we desperately need."