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Mary Oliver is one of America's best-loved poets. Her luminous poetry celebrates nature and beauty, love and the spirit, silence and wonder, extending the visionary American tradition of Whitman, Emerson, Frost and Emily Dickinson.
The winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, she has lived for many years on Cape Cod. Her extraordinary poetry is nourished by her intimate knowledge and minute daily observation of the New England coast, its woods and ponds, its birds and animals, plants and trees.

Her latest collection Thirst introduces two new directions in her work. Grappling with grief at the death of her beloved partner of over 40 years, she strives to experience sorrow as a path to spiritual progress, grief as part of loving and not its end. And in Thirst Mary Oliver 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 of the book's stunning long poems, she explores the dimensions and tests the parameters of religious doctrine.

"Mary Oliver moves by instinct, faith, and determination. She is among out finest poets, and still growing."
Alicia Ostriker, The Nation

"These are life-enhancing and redemptive poems that coax the sublime from the subliminal."
Sally Connolly, Poetry

"I think of Oliver as a fierce, uncompromising lyricist, a loyalist of the marshes. Hers is a voice we desperately need."
Maxine Kumin, Women's Review of Books

"... just the most beautiful writing about nature and God and ageingÖ"
Kristen Scott-Thomas, on BBC2's The Review Show

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