Thirst

Thirst

Poems

Book - 2006
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Thirst, a collection of forty-three new poems from the Pulitzer Prize-winner Mary Oliver, introduces two new directions in the poet's work. Grappling with grief at the death of her beloved partner of over forty years, she strives to experience sorrow as a path to spiritual progress, grief as part of loving and not its end. And within these pages she chronicles for the first time her discovery of faith, without abandoning the love of the physical world that has been a hallmark of her work for four decades. In three stunning long poems, Oliver explores the dimensions and tests the parameters of religious doctrine, asking of being good, for example, "To what purpose? / Hope of Heaven? Not that. But to enter / the other kingdom: grace, and imagination, / and the multiple sympathies: to be as a leaf, a rose,/ a dolphin."
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780807068960
Branch Call Number: ANF 811.54 OLI
ANF 811.54 OLI
Characteristics: viii, 71 p. ; 23 cm

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Dec 03, 2018

The plainness of almost all of these poems is painful; there were only three that stood out from the rest: "Six recognitions of the lord", "Logan International", and "On thy wondrous works I will meditate".

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