Twelve Moons

Twelve Moons

Book - 1979
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In her fourth volume of poetry, Twelve Moons, Mary Oliver continues to explore the alluring, yet well-nigh inaccessible kingdoms of nature and human relationships, and man's profound, persistent desire for a joyous union with them. these vibrant, magical poems pulse with an aching awareness of nature's unaffected beauty. Her absorbing intimate vision leads us into the natural and human kingdoms we only fleetingly grasp.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, [1979]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1979
ISBN: 9780316650014
Characteristics: xiii, 77 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 26, 2018

I decided recently I needed to read Mary Oliver, rather than just know that she is adjacent to a lot of people I read regularly if not religiously. Twelve Moons was as close to the beginning as I could get, and it was thoroughly rewarding. The high points are many and dizzying. Coming down to a merely good poem after was very disorienting, so I went back to a dozen or more called out by reviewers and on the second or third read those began to really grow on me as well. I should buy this. I should hand it out to someone every Christmas. I am ridiculous enough to enjoy poems about God and nature and beauty, often with the darkness that trails behind them.


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