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Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, celebrates love in her new collection of poems  

“If I have any secret stash of poems, anywhere, it might be about love, not anger,”

Mary Oliver once said in an interview. Finally, in her stunning new collection, Felicity, we can immerse ourselves in Oliver’s love poems. Here, great happiness abounds. 
Our most delicate chronicler
Hardcover, 85 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Penguin Press
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While a number of verses were questionably poetic, some gems are in here as well:

Things take the time they take. Don’t
worry (c)
Some words will never leave God’s mouth,
no matter how hard you listen. (c)
Do the trees speak back to the wind
when the wind offers some invitational comment? (c)
All important ideas must include the trees,
the mountains, and the rivers. (c)
The point is, you’re you, and that’s for keeps. (c)
Love is the one thing the heart craves
and love is the one thing
you can’t
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Oh reach into the night sky
and hand me 5 stars
so I can give you a 10 star review!
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, 2016
I really enjoy Mary Oliver's poetry. She writes a lot about nature and animals. This book has poems about love. They are beautiful.

I Don't Want to Lose

I don't want to lose a single thread
from the intricate brocade of this happiness.
I want to remember everything.
Which is why I'm lying awake, sleepy
but not sleepy enough to give it up.
Just now, a moment from a year ago:
the early morning light, the deft, sweet
gesture of your hand
reaching for me.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read2016, poetry
This isn't where I would start with Mary Oliver, and it pains me to give this collection only 3 stars. But they are a bit thin on connection and insight compared to her normal works.

Here is my favorite:


There are moments that cry out to be fulfilled.
Like, telling someone you love them.
Or giving your money away, all of it.

Your heart is beating, isn't it?
You're not in chains, are you?

There is nothing more pathetic than caution
when headlong might save a life,
even, possibly, your own.
Ammara Abid
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Poems arrive ready to begin.
Poets are only the transportation.

For Tom Shaw S.S.J.E. (1945–2014)
Where has this cold come from?
“It comes from the death of your friend.”
Will I always, from now on, be this cold?
“No, it will diminish. But always
it will be with you.”
What is the reason for it?
“Wasn’t your friendship always as beautiful
as a flame?”
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, poetry
Things take the time they take. Don't
How many roads did St. Augustine follow
before he became St. Augustine?

That is how Mary Oliver starts The Journey, the first part of her latest book that goes by the name of Felicity. How brilliantly appropriate, wouldn't you say? Reading this first poem titled Don't Worry on the very first day of a new year. Makes you think about the urgency of the resolutions whispered before midnight...

Mary Oliver's voice feels familiar, as if you have been listening
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry

“Do the trees speak?
Do the trees speak back to the wind when
the wind offers some invitational comment
as some of us do?
Do they also talk to the sun?
I believe so. And if such belief need rest on evidence
Let me just say, sometimes it’s an earful
But there is more,
if you can hear the trees in their easy hours,
of course you can also hear them later crying out
at the sawmill.”

I can no longer clearly see the trees, but I can hear them rustle in the wind. I can smell them and feel their shade, and most
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
It seems you love this world very much.
“Yes,” I said. “This beautiful world.”
And you don’t mind the mind, that keeps you
busy all the time with its dark and bright wonderings?
“No, I’m quite used to it. Busy, busy,
all the time.”
And you don’t mind living with those questions,
I mean the hard ones, that no one can answer?
“Actually, they’re the most interesting.”
And you have a person in your life whose hand
you like to hold?
“Yes, I do.”
It must surely, then, be very happy down there
in your heart.
Ashley Olson
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Important:::: read the edit below this, after rereading.

Note to self and others: read this when blindly in love. If read when harboring a momentary distaste for love, this book may cause you to think "tell me about love later, Mary Oliver because right now I don't entirely believe you."

Edit::: read this again, but read it about yourself.
It sometimes takes another try ❤️
H.A. Leuschel
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Always perfect when I want to read slowly!

'Dont Worry

Things take the time they take. Don't
How many roads did St.Augustine follow
before he became St. Augustine?'

David J
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This is the fourth collection of Mary Oliver poems I've read and I'm still completely in awe.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books I never would have picked up on my own, so thanks, Read Harder, for doing your job. I do not read much poetry at all, and that is because some that I have read in the past has been pretentious as hell or impenetrable, or both, but even when it hasn't been, my favorite thing about reading is narrative, and most poetry doesn't have that, so. I'd just rather spend my reading time on novels, and the very occasional novella or short story.

But this was a very good poetry col
Oct 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2015
Mary Oliver's latest collection is a rumination on love. Unfortunately, it takes her away from the natural world, searching a bit more in the ephemeral. Her strongest work has always been about looking at little moments and finding deeper meaning there. Without that connection to the physical world, there is something just self-helpy and feel good without feeling substantial. There are, of course, some beautiful moments because she's a wonderful writer and poet, but this thin book (the poems are ...more
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this "fix" of Mary Oliver's poetry. It is spare but never sparse, and full of awe. This explores love. As I read my heart rate slowed and a great, thinking calm came over me.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, women-writers
The word “felicity” has multiple meanings, and here Mary Oliver certainly displays both “intense happiness” and plenty of “apt expressions.”

80 years old when this was published, these poems reflect a lightness, as if she’s shedding previously held beliefs, distilling ideas down to their essence, laughing a bit at life, unafraid.

Most in this collection have that quiet intensity that I expected from Oliver. A few didn’t touch me, but the ones that did left a lasting impression. Here are just two
Clara Biesel
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How have I lived my life without Mary Oliver? I read this book in one sitting, but I will read it again and again. She reminds me of Annie Dillard, in that she lets me feel like I am not too extreme in my responses to the world. Any advice on which of her collections read next?
Diane Barnes
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I prefer her poems about nature, but still, these are just beautiful. A surprise find at the library when I went in to renew my card.
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
3.5 stars. The first section "The Journey" was wonderful. The second, mostly love poems, wasn't quite my thing. Still not sure what my taste in poetry really is, but I suspect love poems are not it.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019, poetry
Please take my rating with a grain of salt. I don't know that I have ever read a book of poetry, it's never really been my thing. So I can only rate by my feelings. Recently Mary Oliver passed away and many people posted examples of her poetry on Instagram. I really enjoyed reading through all the examples. I didn't even know Oliver was a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, which shows my lack of knowledge about poets. I picked up the first book I could find at my local library. Turns out many of the p ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every April, I have great intentions of reading a lot of poetry for National Poetry Month, but I rarely succeed. This year, I paid a visit to my library and came home with several collections from a variety of poets: Mary Oliver, Ursula Le Guin, Billy Collins and Marge Piercy. I dipped into a few, but it wasn't until I picked up Felicity that I felt like I had found something I could honestly say I enjoyed. I'm not a huge fan of poetry, but Mary Oliver's poems speak to me with their simple and c ...more
Bethany Saunders
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
"I don't want to lose a single thread
from this intricate brocade of happiness.
I want to remember everything.
Which is why I am lying awake, sleepy"

I worry I read this too quickly and didn't take the time poetry deserves to really let the words sink in and take on new forms. But wow wow wow Oliver's poetry on love is so rich and compelling I danced through it in the blink of an eye.

I'm not usually a fan of nature writing, but Oliver's deep and obvious love of trees and foliage is infectious. Her
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women, 2020, poetry, american
i don’t want to lose a single thread from the intricate brocade of the tenderness which is this book.
some favorites: moments, i am pleased to tell you, storage, late spring & a voice from i don't know where.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2020-faves
“Without spring, who knows what would happen.”
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
"Beauty can both shout and whisper, and still/ it explains nothing."

I am a fan of Mary Oliver and was thrilled to receive this book from Goodreads as a first-reads giveaway. So many of Oliver's poems lay down a moment and then end with an unexpected line that works like a perfect meditation, which is why I love her work.

This collection is focused around God, nature, and love split into three parts entitled The Journey, Love, and Felicity. The Journey is written with Oliver's pastoral tradition
Beth Bonini
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
If pressed to name a favourite contemporary poet, Mary Oliver is nearly always the name I reach for. To be honest, though, this is not her strongest collection. It’s surprisingly lightweight - both in the structure and complexity of the poems. Some of the poems, especially those which focus on love and kissing, are actually a bit (I feel bad about saying this) banal.

I think of Mary Oliver primarily as a nature poet. She has a notable sense of the ecstatic, and nature is nearly always the inspir
Mark Robison
Dec 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Oliver does not dive into nature like usual, but instead writes love poems here. Her style is so different, I would barely know it’s her. They are short, sometimes cryptic, but generally always include her way of inserting universal truth into the smallest observations. At this point, I’d rank this in the lower third of her books for deciding which ones to re-read. But there may be something here I’m not seeing just yet so consider my rating provisional. I do love the way each poem is like a mom ...more
Fern Adams
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mary Oliver has been joining me this past week as all the worries of the world have left me with insomnia. I have been quietly leaving my room and sitting by the front door in the summer nights, taken her work with me and drinking it all in. The golden light of summer dusk, the smell of pollen in the air, the birds all quiet except for the song thrush and blackbird, the flowers closing their petals for the evening and the butterflies quickly getting their last nectar for the day. I’ve sat there ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
once again,

i am drinking the sun.
Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
While I enjoyed the entire collection of poems on love and human connection, it was the final poem that absolutely took my breath away—A Voice From I Don’t Know Where. 💖✨
Mary Eschenbach
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Every day has something in
it whose name is Forever.”
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