Blue Horses: Poems (Hardcover)

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In this lovely collection of new poems, Mary Oliver expresses her affinity with the natural world with gentleness and humor, inviting the reader to pay attention, to reflect, to revere simplicity. In considering the artworks of Franz Marc or yoga or the tiniest of creatures, Oliver's explorations become the purest of meditations. — Amy Palmer

November 2014 Indie Next List

“Often humorous and always on target, Oliver has a way of telling a story with each of her poems -- stories of day-to-day life and broader tales of the world around us and our place in it. With playfulness and sharpness of feeling, emotions are direct and never hidden. More than just a collection of poems, Oliver's books read like a comfortable novel -- one to reread again and again.”
— Roni Pastore, Bookmiser, Inc., Roswell, GA


In this stunning collection of new poems, Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has defined her life’s work, describing with wonder both the everyday and the unaffected beauty of nature.

Herons, sparrows, owls, and kingfishers flit across the page in meditations on love, artistry, and impermanence. Whether considering a bird’s nest, the seeming patience of oak trees, or the artworks of Franz Marc, Oliver reminds us of the transformative power of attention and how much can be contained within the smallest moments.

At its heart, Blue Horses asks what it means to truly belong to this world, to live in it attuned to all its changes. Humorous, gentle, and always honest, Oliver is a visionary of the natural world.

About the Author

Born in a small town in Ohio, Mary Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of 28. Over the course of her long career, she received numerous awards. Her fourth book, American Primitive, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984. She led workshops and held residencies at various colleges and universities, including Bennington College, where she held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching. She died in 2019.

Praise For…

“A lyric collection to be treasured.”—The New York Journal of Books 

Product Details
ISBN: 9781594204791
ISBN-10: 1594204799
Publisher: Penguin Press
Publication Date: October 14th, 2014
Pages: 96
Language: English