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American Primitive by Mary Oliver
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Jun 02, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: poetry

I returned to this 1984 Pulitzer Prize winning collection of poems after reading a literary journal stuffed with nature poems that just seemed unnecessary. As I read through the journal I kept thinking that Oliver had covered this terrain so much more powerfully. And after rereading her collection again I remain wowed and convinced that American Primitive is and will be a much deserved classic that lyrically evokes the natural world without forgetting our place in it. Search this one out if you don't know it.

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