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Long Life

Long Life

Essays and Other Writings

“The gift of Oliver’s poetry is that she communicates the beauty she finds in the world and makes it unforgettable” (Miami Herald). This has never been truer than in Long Life, a luminous collection of seventeen essays and ten poems.

“Poets must read and study, but also they must learn to tilt and whisper, shout, or dance, each in his or her own way, or we might just as well copy the old books. But, no, that would never do, for always the new self swimming around in the old world feels itself uniquely verbal. And that is just the point: how the world, moist and bountiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That’s the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. ‘Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?’ This book is my comment.”–from the Foreword

With consummate craftsmanship, Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, has created a volume sure to add to her reputation as “one of our very best poets” (New York Times Book Review).
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Genre: Fiction / Literary Collections / Essays

On Sale: March 2nd 2005

Price: $1.99 / $2.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 120

ISBN-13: 9780786739486

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Reader Reviews


"A rigorous mind combined with a capacity for devotion; a desire to find the exact, economical, shining phrase; a wish to witness, and a wish to share."—Chicago Tribune
"Oliver writes exquisitely lucid prose. Here, in her most generously personal essays to date, she articulates the beliefs, observations, and inspirations that feed her poetry. Essential...radiant."—Booklist
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