At Blackwater Pond: Mary Oliver Reads Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver, Author, Mary Oliver, Read by , read by the author. Beacon Press $19.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-8070-0700-6

For decades, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Oliver has written in praise of the natural world, searching nature for answers to questions about belonging, faith, love, life and death. She is a poet of empathy, but she lets no one off easy—her love is sometimes tough. Still, there is powerful consolation everywhere in her work, as in her well-known poem, "Wild Geese: You do not have to be good./ You do not have to walk on your knees/ for a hundred miles through the/ desert repenting./ You only have to let the soft animal of your body/ love what it loves." In Oliver's world, a heron becomes "an old Chinese poet," and a worker bee's three-week life is long enough "to know that life is a blessing." Now, in her first CD of recorded readings, Oliver reads poems from several books spanning her entire career, including the acclaimed House of Light and Dream Work and Why I Wake Early . In clear, crisp studio sound, Oliver's voice comes across insistent and calming. Released just in time for National Poetry Month, this CD makes a good introduction or companion to Oliver's accessible work and an inviting gateway to poetry for newcomers. (Apr. 15)

Reviewed on: 04/03/2006
Release date: 04/01/2006
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