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Dream Work

Mary Oliver

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Newly repackaged as a Penguin paperback, an "astonishing" book of poetry from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Primitive and "one of our very best poets" (New York Times Book Review)

Dream Work, a collection of forty-five poems originally published in 1986, follows both chronologically and logically Mary Oliver's American Primitive, which won her the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1983. The depth and diversity of perceptual awareness, so steadfast and radiant in American Primitive, continues in Dream Work. Additionally, she has turned her attention in these poems to the solitary and difficult labors of the spirit, to accepting the truth about one's personal world, and to valuing the triumphs while transcending the failures of human relationships.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: May 28th, 2024
  • Pages: 96
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 7.70in - 4.90in - 0.30in - 0.25lb
  • EAN: 9780593832677
  • Categories: American - GeneralWomen AuthorsSubjects & Themes - Animals & Nature

About the Author

Born in a small town in Ohio, Mary Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of 28. Over the course of her long career, she received numerous awards. Her fourth book, American Primitive, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984. She led workshops and held residencies at various colleges and universities, including Bennington College, where she held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching. She died in 2019.