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Dream Work by Mary Oliver
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Jul 12, 12

it was amazing
Read in July, 2012

Reviewing a collection of poetry is difficult, because even if there is an overriding theme, I want to give each poem a different reception. The collection as a whole is complex and thoughtful, while using simple and accessible language that most people could enjoy. Mary Oliver is joyful, but she does not approach life (or writing) with naivety. Her joy is a chosen joy, and amplified because of that. She explores darkness and bleakness with frankness and gratitude. Even though I am new to her work, she feels familiar. I think it is because her poetry is honest.

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