A Fine copy of this advance issue in pale blue paper wraps. Like Mary Oliver's poetry, the sixteen essays in "Blue Pastures" demonstrate the magical paradox of poetic voice, which somehow becomes itself most by vanishing. The voice that speaks in these lovely prose pieces will be unmistakable to readers familiar with the eight volumes of her poetry. The book opens with a piece called “Of Power and Time, ” which is about creativity and its requirements. “Pen and Paper and a Breath of Air” describes and excerpts the notebooks whose random jottings become raw material for her poems. Several other essays are about the poet's cherished literary companions: Walt Whitman, John Muir, Henry Beston, J. Henri Fabre, Edna St. Vincent Millay. The remaining essays reflect the natural world in which Oliver lives immersed—the worlds of owls, foxes, ponds, herons, the “blue pastures” of the sea and the flotsam and jetsam of its shores—written, like her poetry, with that breathtaking, clear-eyed, shining accuracy..
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