In her collection Dog Songs, Pulitzer prize-winning poet Mary Oliver celebrates of the unique bond between human and dog. Published for the first time in the UK, this is an essential gift for dog lovers of all ages.
From the Inside Flap
Threaded throughout Mary Oliver's many collections, there have always been dogs. Beloved by her readers, special to the poet's own heart, Dog Songs offer a special window into Mary Oliver's universe.
Dog Songs celebrates the special bond between human and dog, as understood through Mary Oliver's connection to the dogs who across the years accompanied her on her daily walks, warmed her home and inspired her work. These poems begin in the small everyday moments familiar to all dog lovers and become, through Mary Oliver's extraordinary vision, meditations on the world and our place in it.
Dog Songs includes visits with old friends, like Oliver's most beloved dog Percy, and introduces still others in poems of love and laughter, heartbreak and grief. Throughout, the many dogs of Mary 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.
'The popularity of [Dog Songs] feels as inevitable and welcome as a wagging tail upon homecoming' Boston Globe
From the Back Cover
The Storm (Bear)
Now through the white orchard my little dog
romps, breaking the new snow
with wild feet.
Running here running there, excited,
hardly able to stop, he leaps, he spins
until the white snow is written upon
in large, exuberant letters,
a long sentence, expressing
the pleasures of the body in this world.
Oh, I could not have said it better
About the Author
Born in a small town in Ohio, Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of twenty-three. 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 Hennington College, where she held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching. Oliver died in January 2019.