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At Blackwater Pond: Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver

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One of the astonishing aspects of Oliver's work is the consistency of tone over this long period. What changes is an increased focus on nature and an increased precision with language that has made her one of our very best poets. --Stephen Dobyns, New York Times Book Review

Mary Oliver has published fifteen volumes of poetry and five books of prose in the span of four decad
Audio CD, 15 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Beacon Press
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May 17, 2010 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I can't say enough about Mary Oliver. Her soul finds the words to stir the souls of her readers.
Gayle Garman
Jul 23, 2016 Gayle Garman rated it really liked it
I have listened to this CD a few times and enjoy Mary Oliver's ability to share the beauty of nature as she experiences it while walking near her home. Listening to her poetry helps me to experience my surroundings with an appreciation of the birds, the flowers, the water, and the different feelings evoked by the changing light and shadows from early morning to evening.
Nov 18, 2013 Amber rated it it was amazing
At Blackwater Pond is an audio-recording of Mary Oliver reading from forty of her favorite poems, spanning her poetic career. It is a gorgeous experience to not just a poet’s words but to hear them in her own voice. Her reflections are observations, not accusations, her word choices are crisp and sometimes re-used across poems, showing mechanisms used to focus and orient her readers. While the collection was not originally written together the forty poems fit together exquisitely displaying the ...more
Feb 04, 2015 James rated it really liked it
Mary Oliver is like the little girl that had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead. When she's good, she's very, very good. And when she's bad, she's horrid.

Jeanice Davis
Feb 08, 2016 Jeanice Davis rated it really liked it
Ah, mostly lovely. There are a few select poems that I keep going back to again and again. Her way of facing death is honest, a bit raw, and quite real.
Nov 10, 2015 Lynda rated it really liked it
It's wonderful. I love hearing the author read her work...much expression and passion involved. I would read this again.
May 22, 2016 Karen marked it as to-read
Life-Changing Things You Can Read Right Now
Guaranteed pick-me-ups, in under a half hour.
Dec 29, 2014 Margaret rated it it was amazing
We listened to this glorious book of poems one sunny day in March as we drove out Cape Cod to Provincetown, with hope of finding Blackwater Pond. Standing at an overlook, I asked an older gentleman who was walking by, and was obviously a local, if he knew where we could find Blackwater Pond. He pointed toward a distant hill, and said, "It must be one of the many ponds over that way. I don't know any of them by name, but I do know all of them by heart." Oh, poets abound in Provincetown. Although ...more
May 13, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, recorded
Mary Oliver is my favorite poet. Each new book awakens new joy in me. But I had been burned in the past when I got a CD where the artist read their own work. Up until this reading, I would have placed Maya Angelou readings of her poetry at the top and she is still my second favorite but Mary Oliver now holds the top title. Her readings let me see another layer sometimes which I cherish.
Ana Maria Rînceanu
Nature seems to be the inspiration of Mary Oliver's poetry. I like how she uses language and I think I'll listen to this audiobook again next autumn when I'm visiting my grandfather cottage. I'll probably like it more there.
Oct 06, 2012 Dorothy rated it really liked it
What a treat to bring Mary Oliver via iPod on my walks in the Metropark . Her poems invite a deeper appreciation of nature and the gift of "Aha!" moments.
Jun 11, 2012 Kristina rated it it was amazing
Another great collection of her poems read by the poet herself. I will be listening to this one again and again.
Jul 10, 2010 jane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I so enjoyed each of her poems-so relaxing to listen to-easy going-familiar themes. Terrific!!
Feb 08, 2010 Liam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Mary's voice is soothing and relaxing, I like her cadence and soft accent.
Debra Robbins
Jul 08, 2009 Debra Robbins marked it as to-read
Going to listen to these while on Cape Cod this summer!
Apr 27, 2013 MK rated it it was amazing
Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver? What's not to adore?
Apr 09, 2013 Kay rated it really liked it
My first poetry book since college.
Dec 30, 2007 Sue rated it really liked it
A nice contrast to Radio Disney!
Maggie Hess
Feb 17, 2013 Maggie Hess rated it it was amazing
Mary Oliver: Poets are better than People

I have lost count of how many times I have read Mary Oliver’s At Blackbwater Pond. Her voice transforms my mood to reflective feeling like watching mist rise over her New England Pond. I listen to her voice in the recording from Perhaps because Oliver says the ear bone of a whale is the part of it that lasts the longest, that poem is the one I always remember. Since she has published over 30 books, and I have sought after and read more than
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“Mary Oliver. In a region that has produced most of the nation's poet laureates, it is risky to single out one fragile 71-year-old bard of Provincetown. But Mary Oliver, who won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 1983, is my choice for her joyous, accessible, intimate observati
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