Red Bird by Mary Oliver

By Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver's 12th publication of poetry, crimson fowl contains sixty-one poems, the main ever in one quantity of her paintings. Overflowing together with her prepared statement of the wildlife and her gratitude for its presents, for the various humans she has enjoyed in her seventy years, in addition to for her disobedient puppy Percy, purple chook is a necessary number of Oliver's best lyrics.

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Page 31 The Chinese Chestnut Breeze for Sonja Weber The fragrance weaves through the painter's studio, surrounds the bright-white canvas on her easel.  No lines.  Perhaps she has painted the light we pass into when we meet pure extinction.  At last, the dichotomies have aligned themselves in sensuous display: light and darksound and silencesweetness, sickness. Page 32 Sylvia Plimack Mangold Paints Light falls through all its serious permutations stippling the limbs of elms and cottonwoods, trickling evening down the eastern edges of bark.

Cm.  Title. 54dc2197-32622 CIP British Library Cataloguing in Publication data are available. Page v for Bruce Page vii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following magazines in which some of these poems first appeared, a few in different form. " "Figuration" received a commendation from the National Poetry Competition, 1995; "The Reunion" received a commendation in the same competition in 1996. "A Prelapsarian Mood Piece" received first prize and was published in the 1996 Emily Dickinson Award Anthology, published by Universities West Press, 1997.

So I said yes, windows open all night, a mock-orange pleating its balm through your room. Small creatures, fluster and flurry in tall grasses.  A clarifying blue.  Solitude became finer and unbridled.  I don't want forgiveness. Who can prophesy delight or grief, the interior seasons?

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