Blue Iris: Poems and Essays

Blue Iris Poems and Essays A rich collection of ten poems two essays and two dozen of Mary Oliver s classic works on flowers trees and plants of all sorts elegantly illustrated Blue Iris is the essential companion to Owls

  • Title: Blue Iris: Poems and Essays
  • Author: Mary Oliver
  • ISBN: 9780807068830
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Paperback
  • A rich collection of ten poems, two essays, and two dozen of Mary Oliver s classic works on flowers, trees, and plants of all sorts, elegantly illustrated, Blue Iris is the essential companion to Owls and Other Fantasies, one of the best selling volumes of poetry of 2003 and a Book Sense 76 selection.

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    1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name See this thread for information In a region that has produced most of the nation s poet laureates, it is risky to single out one fragile 71 year old bard of Provincetown But Mary Oliver, who won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 1983, is my choice for her joyous, accessible, intimate observations of the natural world Her Wild Geese has become so popular it now graces posters in dorm rooms across the land But don t hold that against her Read almost anything in New and Selected Poems She teaches us the profound act of paying attention a living wonder that makes it possible to appreciate all the others Ren e Loth, Boston Globe, September 2, 2007

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    1. This is my favourite poem in the collection, not because it s the most exceptional poem, but because it s the poem that wound itself most firmly round my heart, and reminded me of the final days I spent with my grandmother, when she knew and I knew that she was dying, but she chose not to speak of it, but did as she had always done silently admired the roses RosesThe look on her face in a dreamStayed with me all dayLike a promise I had failed.Not that I had made any Not that I could remember But [...]


    2. I just read this book in one sitting on this delicious Friday evening as the sun sat outside the window For me, this was an evening of pure bliss This volume from Oliver s work compiles several of her poems and a few essays that focus on the beauty and wonder of the natural world particularly flowers, trees and plants One of my all time favorite poems Peonies is contained in this volume You can read this poem at the Writer s Almanac Just click on this link writersalmanac.publicradioA quote from [...]



    3. I have never been a poetry fan Never could get it But I was introduced recently to Mary Oliver and it is love at first poem Can t wait to check out another book of her poetry from the library and savor my way through it



    4. First things first, I adore Mary Oliver Second things second, I m kind of ambivalent about this particular volume As I was reading, I couldn t help but feel a combination of over and underwhelmed at the fact that poem after poem was flowers, flowers, flowers, flowers In fact, the last line of one of the poems is actually Roses, roses, roses, roses I get it, MO, you love flowers and so do I and please don t ever stop writing about them But the collection seemed almost gimmicky I feel like you can [...]


    5. Mary Oliver s unadorned style of free verse flows with an easy accessibility, yet her work resonates with abundant wisdom and shrewd observations With the poems and essays in Blue Iris, her primary focus is on the stunning beauty and wonder of the natural world She expresses awestruck thrill at her ability to be in harmony with nature Whether she is praising a bird s lovely song or admiring the permanence of a seemingly ageless tree, her poems make you feel reassured that life can forever attain [...]


    6. In addition to her vivid poems on nature s very soul, Oliver includes a few essays in some childhood experiences that first taught her to see and experience nature She implores readers to send children forth with peppermint in their pockets, give them woods and the possibility of the world salvaged from the lords of profitAttention is the beginning of devotion Mary Oliver remains a favorite.


    7. Once again, Mary Oliver comes through for me This is not my favourite of her collections but I still found much to appreciate Below are my favourite offerings from this group of poems and essays.The Bleeding HeartI know a bleeding heart plant that has thrivedfor sixty years if not , and has nevermissed a spring without rising and spreadingitself into a glossy bush, with many small redhearts dangling Don t you think that deservesa little thought The woman who planted ithas been gone for a long ti [...]


    8. Blue IrisNow that I m free to be myself, who am I Can t fly, can t run, and see how slowly I walk.Well, I think, I can read books What s that you re doing the green headed fly shouts as it buzzes past.I close the book.Well, I can write down words, like these, softly What s that you re doing whispers the wind, pausingin a heap just outside the window.Give me a little time, I say back to its staring, silver face.It doesn t happen all of a sudden, you know Doesn t it says the wind, and breaks open, [...]


    9. But also I say this that lightis an invitation to happiness,and that happiness,when it s done right,is a kind of holiness,palpable and redemptive Oliver must be leaving of an impression on me than I thought, since this is the third of hers I ve read this year The poems are clear and beautiful, leading me into a summer s day, or a field encased by frost but it s her essays that really grab me, and I think I ll be on the lookout for of her non fiction, in the future.



    10. I have fallen in love with the poetry of Mary Oliver In this collection, my favorites were Black Oaks and Blue Iris So stunningly beautiful.





    11. UpstreamIn the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be.Sea LeavesI walk beside the ocean, then turn and continue walking just beside the first berm, a few yards from the water which is at half tide Eventually I find what I m looking for, a plant green and with the flavor of raw salt, and leaves shaped like arrowheads But before tha [...]


    12. Oliver does not disappoint, but I found this collection a little one note I don t think it wise to take all of Oliver s flower poetry and put it together in one work, and was happy to discover that most of these were originally published in separate works That being said, there were beautiful poems in this work, of course, but what was most surprising was the delight I found in the excerpts from her prose.Notably Teach the children We don t matter so much, but the children do Show them daisies a [...]


    13. Blue Iris is a collection of poems and essays by Mary Oliver While I am largely a joyous reader of novels, I thoroughly enjoyed these poems All of them share a common theme of nature and Oliver s descriptions are beautiful, evocative and at times transcendent.Unlike a novel, which I dive deeply into, coming up only for necessities like air and nourishment, I read Blue Iris quietly, slowly and in small bites Often I only read one or two poems in a sitting, so that I could let Oliver s words settl [...]


    14. Another compilation book, this one about plants Ten new poems plus 24 previously published ones and two essays I enjoyed it a little less than the animal collection Truro the Bear but than the collection Dog Songs But I still loved it Sample excerpt from Roses, Late Summer If I had another life I would want to spend it all on some unstinting happiness I would be a fox, or a tree full of waving branches I wouldn t mind being a rose in a field full of roses Fear has not yet occurred to them, nor [...]


    15. This was a lovely compilation I thoroughly enjoyed the thematic focus on flowers Perhaps my favorite poem in the collection was Lilies which brought to the forefront the difficulty Oliver attempts to transcend self awareness separates us from nature even as it allows us to appreciate it Oliver manages to be a sympathetic presence in the natural world and translates that sympathy she feels through words crafted and fed by her attention which is the beginning of devotion.


    16. poems about plants, music, the soul my favorite poem, Sea Leaves, has a line the only thing I don t know is, should the activity of this day be called labor, or pleasure and this is exactly how I feel about working at the library Mary Oliver uses the phrase rumpy bunches in the poem, Goldenrod, and now I use it to describe my two golden retrievers


    17. These poems and essays brought me back to life growing up in the woods of New Hampshire Oliver is a truly brilliant nature poet and her words allow any city dweller to rise out of the smog to imagine and appreciate the natural beauty around us But in one of her essays, she warns of humankind s rapid moves to strip away what is left.


    18. Some lovely poems in this volume, I especially enjoyed the afterword Roses, Late Summer If you know someone who loves flowers, this would be a good present to give with a bouquet I gave it three stars since I don t think I will be returning to these poems again like I do with some of Oliver s other works.


    19. Though I adore Mary Oliver, I found this volume less enjoyable I think usually I find some sort of meaning about life or the world to extrapolate out of her poetry this time, I felt like it was plant centric While that s nice, it didn t keep me focused like her other poems have done.


    20. The queen of nature poetry A wonderful collection of Oliver s nature poems and essays Much accessible than Whitman, this book is a great way to introduce younger readers to great poetry that is descriptive and captivating.


    21. I fall and in love with Mary Oliver every time I read one of her books This one I had to email some poems to friends, because I was having too many thoughts and emotions to handle them on my own Amazing, beautiful book.


    22. I checked this out on a whim today at the library, knowing that I enjoy Mary Oliver s poetry, and unsurprisingly I really enjoyed it My favorite pieces might have been The Sunflowers and Sea Leaves, but honestly the entire book was a treat.


    23. This book is the reason I am a poet and a reader of poetry today I picked it up on a whim at the tender age of 15 and I have been in love with Oliver ever since Still one of my prized possessions today


    24. Mary Oliver s poems about trees and flowers are the nearest thing to a good walk outdoorsom Goldenrod All day on their airy backbones they toss in the wind,they bend as though it was natural and godly to bend, they rise in a stiff sweetness


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