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Blue Iris

Author : Mary Oliver
ISBN : 9780807096604
Genre : Poetry
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For poet Mary Oliver, nature is full of mystery and miracle. From the excitation of birds in the sky to the flowers and plants that are "the simple garments" of the earth, the natural world is her text of both the earth's changes and its permanence. In Blue Iris, Mary Oliver collects ten new poems, two dozen of her poems written over the last two decades, and two previously unpublished essays on the beauty and wonder of plants. The poet considers roses, of course, as well as poppies and peonies; lilies and morning glories; the thick-bodied black oak and the fragrant white pine; the tall sunflower and the slender bean. James Dickey has said of her, "Far beneath the surface-flash of linguistic effect, Mary Oliver works her quiet and mysterious spell. It is a true spell, unlike any other poet's, the enchantment of the true maker." In Blue Iris, she has captured with breathtaking clarity the true enchantment and mysterious spell of flowers and plants of all sorts and their magnetic hold on us. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Poetry

The Truro Bear And Other Adventures

Author : Mary Oliver
ISBN : 9780807097083
Genre : Poetry
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The Truro Bear and Other Adventures, a companion volume to Owls and Other Fantasies and Blue Iris, brings together ten new poems, thirty-five of Oliver's classic poems, and two essays all about mammals, insects, and reptiles. The award-winning poet considers beasts of all kinds: bears, snakes, spiders, porcupines, humpback whales, hermit crabs, and, of course, her beloved but disobedient little dog, Percy.
Category: Poetry

Owls And Other Fantasies

Author : Mary Oliver
ISBN : 9780807068755
Genre : Poetry
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A collection of poetry and essays celebrates the birds that have played an important role in the author's life, including the owl, goldfinch, swan, hummingbird, and loon.
Category: Poetry

Plants In Contemporary Poetry

Author : John Ryan
ISBN : 9781317287551
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Positioned within current ecocritical scholarship, this volume is the first book-length study of the representations of plants in contemporary American, English, and Australian poetry. Through readings of botanically-minded writers including Les Murray, Louise Glück, and Alice Oswald, it addresses the relationship between language and the subjectivity, agency, sentience, consciousness, and intelligence of vegetal life. Scientific, philosophical, and literary frameworks enable the author to develop an interdisciplinary approach to examining the role of plants in poetry. Drawing from recent plant science and contributing to the exciting new field of critical plant studies, the author develops a methodology he calls "botanical criticism" that aims to redress the lack of emphasis on plant life in studies of poetry. As a subset of ecocriticism, botanical criticism investigates how poets engage with plants literally and figuratively, materially and symbolically, in their works. Key themes covered in this volume include plants as invasives and weeds in human settings; as sources of physical and spiritual nourishment; as signifiers of region, home, and identity; as objects of aesthetics and objectivism; and, crucially, as beings with their own perspectives, voices, and modes of dialogue. Ryan demonstrates that poetic imagination is as essential as scientific rationality to elucidating and appreciating the mysteries of plant-being. This book will appeal to a multidisciplinary readership in the fields of ecocriticism, ecopoetry, environmental humanities, and ecocultural studies, and will be of interest to researchers in the emerging area of critical plant studies.
Category: Literary Criticism

Poem Central

Author : Shirley McPhillips
ISBN : 9781571109637
Genre : Education
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In Poem Central, Shirley McPhillips helps us better understand the central role poetry can play in our personal lives and in the life of our classrooms. She introduces us to professional poets, teachers, and students--people of different ages and walks of life--who are actively engaged in reading and making poems. Their stories and their work show us the power of poems to illuminate the ordinary, to nurture, inspire and stand alongside us for the journey. Poem Central is divided into three main parts--weaving poetry into our lives and our classrooms, reading poems, and writing poems. Shirley has structured the book in short sections that are easy to read and dip into. Each section has a specific focus, provides background knowledge, shows poets at work, highlights information on crafting, defines poetic terms, features finished work, includes classroom examples, and lists additional resources.
Category: Education

Wild Iris

Author : Louise Gluck
ISBN : 9780880013345
Genre : Poetry
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This collection of stunningly beautiful poems encompasses the natural, human, and spiritual realms, and is bound together by the universal themes of time and mortality. With clarity and sureness of craft, Gluck's poetry questions, explores, and finally celebrates the ordeal of being alive.
Category: Poetry

The Intersubjective Turn

Author : Olen Gunnlaugson
ISBN : 9781438467689
Genre : Education
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Examines key theoretical aspects of the emerging field of second-person contemplative education. A first of its kind, this book maps out current academic approaches in higher education to second-person contemplative education, which addresses contemplative experience from an intersubjective perspective. Until recently, contemplative studies has emphasized a predominantly first-person standpoint, but the expansion and embrace of second-person methods provides a distinctive learning context in which collective wisdom and shared learning can begin to emerge from dialogue among students and groups in the classroom. The contributors to this volume, leading researchers and practitioners from a variety of institutions and departments, examine the theoretical and philosophical foundations of second-person contemplative approaches to instruction, pedagogy, and curricula across various scholarly disciplines.
Category: Education

The Blue Iris

Author : Ashton Bradley
ISBN : 9781491739440
Genre : Fiction
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Welcome to the world of the dammed, the forgotten, the left behind. Born into a world condemned by Lucifer and without God, Ainsley is traumatized, afraid, and hunted. Her life is an unending storm of sorrow, fear, and grief, and it’s almost more than her eighteen-year-old soul can bear. Orphaned at six, she has every excuse to give up. She is also the last human alive, and her experience is about to become even more incomprehensible. She meets an angel named Gabriel, one of the most loyal angels in God’s army. When he meets Ainsley, his heart breaks for her suffering. Unable to bend to his Father’s will, Gabriel finds himself falling in love with Ainsley. He is willing to sacrifice anything and everything for her, even if the cost is his soul. Condemned to earth for his disobedience, he is exposed to carnal nature for the first time in his eternal existence. Subjected to desire, lust, and hunger, the fallen angel not only has to protect his love from demons, he also has to protect her from himself. But Lucifer also desires the young woman for his own selfish, prurient needs. As the sole female human in existence, Ainsley is the only one capable of producing his unholy heir. For this reason, he will stop at nothing to obtain her for himself. But God has an agenda of his own as well ...
Category: Fiction


Author : Maggie Nelson
ISBN : 9781933517643
Genre : Literary Collections
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Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color . . . A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue. With Bluets, Maggie Nelson has entered the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists. Maggie Nelson is the author of numerous books of poetry and nonfiction, including Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007) and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press, 2007). She lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts.
Category: Literary Collections

Blue Pastures

Author : Mary Oliver
ISBN : 0156002159
Genre : Nature
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With consummate craftsmanship, Mary Oliver, a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author, has fashioned 15 luminous prose pieces, ten never before published, which should be of singular interest to lovers of nature, students of writing, and the many admirers of her work.
Category: Nature