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The River Styx, Ohio, and Other Poems

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Hardcover, 55 pages
Published January 1st 1972 by Harcourt College Publishers
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Bill Kerwin
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 20th-c-amer, poetry

Published in 1972, Oliver’s second book is expertly crafted and full of the author’s vibrant and quirky intelligence. Still, for the reader familiar with her later books, most of the poems here don’t really sound like herself, that mercilessly devoted observer of people and nature whom we have come to love and to listen to. Sometimes the poem sounds like Millay or Mew, sometimes like Frost or Wendell Berry, but these relentless iambic verses—many of which rhyme--seem too buttoned up, too confine
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Emily Joy
Jun 25, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ohio, read-in-2022, poetry
There's so much bleak nostalgia in this beautiful collection. So many of these poems reflect on futile efforts to find something magical and beautiful, but only being met with loss and grief. I loved it so much.

"And what was I to think of such conclusions⁠—
Pressed to the door, a small and curious child
Eavesdropping on the terrifying world
Of sons and fathers talking of their women?"

- from the poem, "Hattie Bloom"

"Under ten thousand decorated trees
The world is humming strands of Holy Night;
But on
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Eric
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Many have gone, and think me half a fool
To miss a day away in the cool country.
Maybe. But in a book I read and cherish,
Going to Walden is not so easy a thing
As a green visit. It is the slow and difficult
Trick of living, and finding it where you are.


A beautiful collection. This is some of her earliest work, and it includes a great many layered and distinct pieces. It's a more expansive collection in that it doesn't have a single, definite theme. It runs between her love of the natural world, memo
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Roger DeBlanck
Mar 22, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This is one of Mary Oliver’s earliest collections, and the poems in this volume reflect her playfulness and inquisitiveness about life and nature. In the poem “Spring in the Classroom,” she recounts her childhood years at school and how she felt confined while sitting in class with having to learn from a teacher when she really wants to be wild with learning from the natural world. From these early pieces, we see Oliver’s yearnings for nature guiding her vision and quest for knowledge. And in he ...more
Emily Mehlman
DNF: I thought I could read poetry on my own and learn about it, but I don't have the background for it. There isn't anything wrong with these poems, I just wasn't getting anything out of reading them by myself. Looking for a poetry class! ...more
Andrea Engle
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2019
An early volume of poetry by the gifted Mary Oliver ... taunter than later poems, and not so focused on the natural world ... more attuned to American culture and its past ...
Alice Vent
Jun 19, 2022 rated it really liked it
I want to frame nearly every poem. I felt so many things. Melancholy and nostalgia, I think, are the two biggest emotions she elicited here, but, like, in a good way.
Nick Pierce
Apr 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Early Mary Oliver working in Frost mode. Beautiful and threads appear leading to the clarity of voice in later work. I adored.
Linda
May 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful collection
C
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Mary Oliver is wonderful, this collection of poems is simple and straightforward, yet surprisingly cutting, with multiple layers packed densely into the sharp imagery. Mentally stimulating, but also a pleasure to read.
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The poem on her grandmother, who didn't have much education, really touched my heart. ...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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