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The fifty poems in "American Primitive" make up a body of luminous unity. Mary Oliver's visionary poems enunciate the renewals of nature and the renewals of humanity in love, in oneness with the natural, in union with the things of this world. Lyrical and elegiac, Mary Oliver celebrates the primitiave things of America - the wilderness that survives both within our bodies and outside - in ."..the cords/ of my body stretching/ and singing in the/ heaven of appetite."

American Primitive 1983, Back Bay Books, Boston, MA

ISBN-13: 9780316650045

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American Primitive 1983, Little Brown and Company, Boston, MA

ISBN-13: 9780316650021