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The Resource Upstream : selected essays, Mary Oliver

Upstream : selected essays, Mary Oliver

Label
Upstream : selected essays
Title
Upstream
Title remainder
selected essays
Statement of responsibility
Mary Oliver
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"'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 beloved 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"--
Assigning source
Dust jacket
Cataloging source
YDXCP
Dewey number
814/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
  • PS3565.L5
  • PS3565.L5
LC item number
  • U77 2016
  • A6 2016
Literary form
essays
Label
Upstream : selected essays, Mary Oliver
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The bright eyes of Eleonora : Poe's dream of recapturing the impossible
  • Some thoughts on Whitman
  • Wordsworth's mountain
  • Swoon
  • Bird
  • Owls
  • Two short ones.
  • Who cometh here?
  • Ropes
  • Winter hours
  • Upstream
  • Building the house
  • Provincetown
  • My friend, Walt Whitman
  • Staying alive
  • Of power and time
  • Blue pastures
  • The ponds
  • Sister Turtle
  • Emerson : an introduction
Control code
ocn942707489
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
178 pages
Isbn
9781594206702
Lccn
bl2016036034
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)942707489
Label
Upstream : selected essays, Mary Oliver
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The bright eyes of Eleonora : Poe's dream of recapturing the impossible
  • Some thoughts on Whitman
  • Wordsworth's mountain
  • Swoon
  • Bird
  • Owls
  • Two short ones.
  • Who cometh here?
  • Ropes
  • Winter hours
  • Upstream
  • Building the house
  • Provincetown
  • My friend, Walt Whitman
  • Staying alive
  • Of power and time
  • Blue pastures
  • The ponds
  • Sister Turtle
  • Emerson : an introduction
Control code
ocn942707489
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
178 pages
Isbn
9781594206702
Lccn
bl2016036034
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)942707489

Library Locations

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      43.963402 -89.2186406
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