Long Life: Essays and Other Writings

Paperback | March 2, 2005

byMary Oliver

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Poets must read and study, but also they must learn to tilt and whisper, shout, or dance, each in his or her own way, or we might just as well copy the old books. But, no, that would never do, for always the new self swimming around in the old world feels itself uniquely verbal. And that is just the point: how the world, moist and bountiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That's the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. 'Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?' This book is my comment.--from the Foreword.

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Poets must read and study, but also they must learn to tilt and whisper, shout, or dance, each in his or her own way, or we might just as well copy the old books. But, no, that would never do, for always the new self swimming around in the old world feels itself uniquely verbal. And that is just the point: how the world, moist and boun...

Mary Oliver is the author of twenty books, including The Leaf and the Cloud and What Do We Know. Her many accolades include the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:March 2, 2005Publisher:Da Capo BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306814129

ISBN - 13:9780306814129

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Tampa Tribune, 06/15/08
“Oliver may be America's best-loved nature poet since Robert Frost…Her collection of short nature essays and poems includes amazing stories and life-affirming wisdom.”