Friday, October 11, 2013

"I can absolutely recommend this book to everyone who ever loved an animal." ~Jackie

A collection of new and favorite poems, celebrating the dogs that have enriched the poet’s world

Beloved by her readers, special to the poet’s own heart, Mary Oliver’s dog poems offer a special window into her world. Dog Songs collects some of the most cherished poems together with new works, offering a portrait of Oliver’s relationship to the companions that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her work. To be illustrated with images of the dogs themselves, the subjects will come to colorful life here.

These are poems of love and laughter, heartbreak and grief. In these pages we visit with old friends, including Oliver’s well-loved Percy, and meet still others. Throughout, the many dogs of Oliver’s life emerge as fellow travelers, but also as guides, spirits capable of opening our eyes to the lessons of the moment and the joys of nature and connection.

Dog Songs is a testament to the power and depth of the human-animal exchange, from an observer of extraordinary vision.

Jackie says:
"I'm not much of a poetry person.  But I have heard so much praise from my coworkers about Mary Oliver, and she won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, so when Dog Songs hit my desk, I gave it a try.  I was easily able to get into the emotions she has used for these poems--I'm a animal lover and consider my furry companions to be part of the family, as she clearly does as well.  There is joy, love, heartbreak and sorrow in these poems, and they are beautiful.  So I'm still not really a poetry person, I can absolutely recommend this book to everyone who ever loved an animal." 

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