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Felicity

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  10,246 ratings  ·  1,519 reviews
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 of
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Hardcover, 85 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Penguin Press
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Cathrine
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!
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
While a number of verses were questionably poetic, some gems are in here as well:

Q:
Things take the time they take. Don’t
worry (c)
Q:
Some words will never leave God’s mouth,
no matter how hard you listen. (c)
Q:
Do the trees speak back to the wind
when the wind offers some invitational comment? (c)
Q:
All important ideas must include the trees,
the mountains, and the rivers. (c)
Q:
The point is, you’re you, and that’s for keeps. (c)
Q:
Love is the one thing the heart craves
and love is the one thing
you can’t
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Jeannie
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.
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cameron
Dec 03, 2021 added it
Shelves: favorites, poetry, queer
WOWWW I HAVE A NEW FAVORITE MARY OLIVER!!! well, second favorite as nothing can match the chemical change that occurred in my brain when i read blue horses for the first time but i digress. this is oliver’s collection of mainly love poems, and oh boy was it lovely. i will never tire reading her. favorites: moments, for tom shaw, and whistling swans
❀ annie ❀
Jan 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
'but just now it is summer again
and i am watching the lilies bow to each other,
then slide on the wind and the tug of desire,
close, close to one another'


a beautiful, grounded and spiritual journey through life and love, as told by birds, by flowers, by trees. mary oliver reminds us to feel deeply, love truthfully and to appreciate the small miracles which take place around us every single day.

this is really impactful poetry. a short collection which could easily take you hours upon hours to compl
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anna (½ of readsrainbow)
gay love is just !!!

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 am lying awake, sleepy / but not sleepy enough to give it up. / Just now, a moment from years ago: / the early morning light, the deft, sweet / gesture of your hand / reaching for me.
Alan
Sep 12, 2021 added it
Shelves: poetry
Three beautiful sections (The Journey, Love, and Felicity). I knew I would love it as soon as I saw the Rumi quote, and Rumi kept coming back. You got me. So many favourites in this collection, to the point that I want to print them out and frame them. Also, let me quickly touch on this Rumi thing, because why not, might as well here: The Coleman Barks translations SUCK. I read the original Persian for the poems that Oliver mentioned, and they were honestly maybe about 10% of what Barks “transla ...more
tee
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
re read #2: 17/03/2022
third year straight of being reinvented by my favorite book... another summer, and once again i am drinking the sun!! thank you mary oliver i am the luckiest

re read: 04/05/2021
“everything that was broken has forgotten its brokenness. i live now in a sky-house, through every window the sun. also your presence. our touching, our stories. earthy and holy both. how can this be, but it is. every day has something in it whose name is Forever.”

16/02/2020
i don’t want to lose a sin
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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:

Moments

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.
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sophia
Sep 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
at this point may i simply say that i love mary oliver for her way of viewing life and for making me feel seen and comforted
Mahsa
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.
“Yes
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Chaimaa
Sep 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Mary Oliver I love you, have a cupcake 🧁❤
Jessaka
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
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Ammara Abid
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Humility
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?”
Maria
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, poetry
Things take the time they take. Don't
worry.
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
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Stephanie C
Jul 14, 2022 rated it really liked it
Who isn't inspired by the simplistic yet mesmerizing words of this wonderful poet? And so I read this work while laying in a hammock in the Colorado mountains, surrounded by the wind gently whistling through the pine trees, the sun kissing my face, the gentle rippling of a waterfall, and the symphony of bird songs cascading my ears. And this one poem stared at me through the pages:

"Do the Trees Speak"

Do the trees speak back to the wind
when the wind offers some invitational comment?
As some of us
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Kimber
Jan 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I said to myself that I would read this book slowly but I couldn't.

Something happened to me while reading this- it felt like a quickening in my soul.
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Liam O'Leary
Nov 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: of-poems
YouTube Video Review Here
These poems will make you feel safe and in love with the world.

— (Original Thoughts) —
This might be the best poetry collection I have ever read.

Review TBC.
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elio
Jul 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
stunning?????? beautiful ???

favs: "moments", "nothing is too small to be wondered about", "storage", "this morning", "how do i love you"
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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 ❤️
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Florencia
Jun 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, bilingual
Storage
When I moved from one house to another
there were many things I had no room
for. What does one do? I rented a storage
space. And filled it. Years passed.
Occasionally I went there and looked in,
but nothing happened, not a single
twinge of the heart.
As I grew older the things I cared
about grew fewer, but were more
important. So one day I undid the lock
and called the trash man. He took
everything.
I felt like the little donkey when
his burden is finally lifted. Things!
Burn them, burn them! Make a b
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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. ...more
Tara
Jul 26, 2021 rated it liked it
i either really vibed with the poems or not at all lol here are my faves
the world i live in
moments
storage
that tall distance
i know someone
i don't want to lose

3.5




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Edita
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, mary-oliver
Your heart is beating, isn’t it?
You’re not in chains, are you?
*

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?”
*

When did it happen?
“It was a long time ago.”

Where did it happen?
“It was far away.”

No, tell. Where did it happen?
“In my heart.”

What is your heart doing now?
“Remembering. Remembering!”
Martha
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. ...more
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
worry.
How many roads did St.Augustine follow
before he became St. Augustine?'

...more
Ashley
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
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James
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
V. Míchkina
Feb 24, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(3,5*)

"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 years ago:
the early morning light, the deft, sweet
gesture of your hand
reaching for me."

Mary Oliver
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Fern Adams
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
June 2020-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 ...more
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Mary Jane Oliver was an American poet who won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is inspired by nature, rather than the human world, stemming from her lifelong passion for solitary walks in the wild.

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