Dream Work

Dream Work

Book - 1986
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Dream Work, a collection of forty-five poems, follows both chronologically and logically Mary Oliver's American Primitive, which won her the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1983. The depth and diversity of perceptual awareness - so steadfast and radiant in American Primitive - continues in Dream Work. Additionally, she has turned her attention in these poems to the solitary and difficult labors of the spirit - to accepting the truth about one's personal world, and to valuing the triumphs while transcending the failures of human relationships.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c1986
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780871130716
0871130718
9780871130693
0871130696
Branch Call Number: ANF 811.54 OLI
Characteristics: 90 p. ; 22 cm

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JohnAMcGraw
Jun 03, 2019

I am tempted to give this 3 stars coming off of Twelve Moons and American Primitive, but that would be a crime against all the 3-star books of poetry I wade into based on word of mouth or finalist-status for some award or other. “The Journey” is justly famous, but I’d put “Wild Geese” and “Turtles” above it. I would like someone to read “Whispers” at my funeral and read it LOUD. There are a half-dozen incredible pieces here, but I am so spoiled for more greatness per page ratios from Twelve Moons and American Primitive. She likes that quatrain style of short lines but I don’t think it does her any favors. She can do short lines, certainly. “The Journey” is brutal with the short lines, but it takes longer to wind up its punches than four lines. This book has a lot of rivers, a lot of swamps, a lot of whiteness. More people and fewer animals and far fewer constituents of the plant kingdom.

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ms_mustard
Apr 09, 2013

great poems to read aloud - even to yourself.

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