Dog Songs: Poems (Hardcover)

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Claire's Staff Pick (December 2013): Some dogs make us laugh, some teach us patience, some console us through the trials of life… Mary Oliver’s poems speak to each of these relationships in this collection of “Dog Songs.”

Simple, hilarious, touching!

A Thousand Mornings
By Mary Oliver

“Every spring
I hear the thrush singing
in the glowing woods
he is only passing through.
His voice is deep,
Then he lifts it until it seems
to fall from the sky.
I am thrilled.
I am grateful.”

Mary Olivers’ words sing to the soul, tell stories of the ocean and the forest creatures, of dogs and childhood and love. These are simple poems that make your heart smile, and inspire us to slow down and notice the magic of life.

— From Claire's Picks

Dagny's October 2013 Staff Pick: If you are a dog lover, this collection of poems will take you through every emotion a dog owner or lover feels. From the companionship to the pain that comes from experiencing your best friend pass, Mary Oliver captures the very essence of why dog is woman’s best friend.

— From Dagny's Staff Picks


A New York Times bestselling collection of new and favorite poems,
celebrating the dogs that have enriched the poet's world

Mary Oliver's Dog Songs is a celebration of the special bond between human and dog, as understood through the poet's relationship to the canines that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her work. Oliver's poems begin in the small everyday moments familiar to all dog lovers, but through her extraordinary vision these observations become higher meditations on the world and our place in it.

Dog Songs includes visits with old friends, like Oliver's beloved Percy, and introduces still others in poems of love and laughter, heartbreak and grief. Throughout, the many dogs of Oliver's life emerge as fellow travelers and as guides, uniquely able to open our eyes to the lessons of the moment and the joys of nature and connection.

About the Author

Born in a small town in Ohio, MARY OLIVER published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of twenty-eight. Over the course of her long career, she has received numerous awards. Her fourth book, American Primitive, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984. She has led workshops and held residencies at various colleges and universities, including Bennington College, where she held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching. Oliver currently lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Praise For…

The New York Times
Dog a sweet golden retriever of a book that curls up with the reader.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9781594204784
ISBN-10: 1594204780
Publisher: Penguin Press
Publication Date: October 8th, 2013
Pages: 127
Language: English