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Author: Mary Oliver
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
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A collection of essays follows the author as she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor; her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her; and the responsibility she has inherited from the great thinkers and writers of the past.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Essays
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Oliver, Mary, 1935- author.
Upstream
New York : PENGUIN PRESS, 2016
(DLC) 2016050445
Named Person: Mary Oliver; Walt Whitman; Mary Oliver; Walt Whitman; Mary Oliver
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Oliver
ISBN: 9781594206702 1594206708
OCLC Number: 961923762
Description: 178 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Section one. Upstream --
My friend Walt Whitman --
Staying alive --
Of power and time. --
Section two. Blue pastures --
The ponds --
Sister Turtle. --
Section three. Emerson : an introduction --
The bright eyes of Eleonora : Poe's dream of recapturing the impossible --
Some thoughts on Whitman --
Wordsworth's mountain. --
Section four. Swoon --
Bird --
Owls --
Two short ones: Who cometh here? ; Ropes --
Winter hours --
Building the house. --
Section five. Provincetown. --
Acknowledgments.
Other Titles: Essays.
Responsibility: Mary Oliver.

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A collection of essays follows the author as she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor; her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her; and the responsibility she has inherited from the great thinkers and writers of the past.

"'In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be.' So begins Upstream, a collection of essays in which poet Mary Oliver reflects on her willingness, as a young child and as an adult, to lose herself within the beauty and mysteries of both the natural world and the world of literature. Emphasizing the significance of her childhood 'friend' Walt Whitman, through whose work she first understood that a poem is a temple, 'a place to enter, and in which to feel, ' and who encouraged her to vanish into the world of her writing, Oliver meditates on the forces that allowed her to create a life for herself out of work and love. As she writes, 'I could not be a poet without the natural world. Someone else could. But not me. For me the door to the woods is the door to the temple.' Upstream follows Oliver as she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her, and the responsibility she has inherited from Shelley, Wordsworth, Emerson, Poe, and Frost, the great thinkers and writers of the past, to live thoughtfully, intelligently, and to observe with passion. Throughout this collection, Oliver positions not just herself upstream but us as well as she encourages us all to keep moving, to lose ourselves in the awe of the unknown, and to give power and time to the creative and whimsical urges that live within us. -- Provided by publisher.

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