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New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver
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Jan 10, 08

Read in January, 1997

Why do I distrust nature poets so? Ah well, nevertheless I do. I can say Mary Oliver is exceptionally approachable, and I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to try poetry reading. She has some wonderful turns of phrase; and she's certainly not a self-worshiping poet (which some have the tendency to be). The thing is, and she isn't even prone to this fallacy that much, however much I think nature should be protected and enjoyed, I always get suspicious of Americans who are worshipful of it. Nature is brutal and would make no kinder a god than the one in the Bible, for what that's worth. But that's my issue--you can add a star if nature writing is your thing--she'd slide into your library like a minnow in a stream.

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