Dog Songs

Thirty-five Dog Songs and One Essay

Oliver, Mary

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Dog Songs
"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"--

Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, 2013.
ISBN: 1594204780
Characteristics: 121 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm


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May 12, 2014
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

now you’ll be telling stories / of my coming back / and they won’t be false, and they won’t be true, / but they’ll be real.

May 12, 2014
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Be prepared. A dog is adorable and noble. / A dog is a true and loving friend. A dog / is also a hedonist.

May 12, 2014
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I have seen Ben place his nose meticulously into the shallow dampness of a deer’s hoofprint and shut his eyes as if listening. But it is smell he is listening to.


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Aug 26, 2014
  • sjb333 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

While I love Mary Oliver's poems in general, this book really stands out for me. Beautiful poems.

May 12, 2014
  • andreareads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you love dogs this book is for you.


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