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Dream Work

Format:  Paperback,

90 pages

Publisher: Pgw

Publish Date: Jun 1986

ISBN-13: 9780871130693

ISBN-10: 0871130696

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Dream Work, a collection of forty-five poems, follows both chronologically and logically Mary Oliver's American Primitive, which won her the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1983. The depth and diversity of perceptual awareness -- so steadfast and radiant in American Primitive -- continues in Dream Work. Additionally, she has turned her attention in these poems to the solitary and difficult labors of the spirit -- to accepting the truth about one's personal world, and to valuing the triumphs while transcending the failures of human relationships.


Publisher: Pgw
Publish Date: Jun 1986
ISBN-13: 9780871130693
ISBN-10: 0871130696
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 90
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.3
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.25


Review by Library Journal (1986-06-01)

In the making of her poems, Oliver wields the most delicate of instruments: precision similes and astonishing metaphors. Though Dream Work, her seventh book, is somewhat less successful than Twelve Moons or American Primitive, which won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize, few lyric voices can match hers in paying homage to the natural world. Yet, her "dream works" can be palpably tragic. Inured to the absence of her estranged father ("Rage" and "A Visitor"), Oliver "saw what love might have done had we loved in time'.' And "Members of the Tribe" is a remarkable address to artists and poets on death and art.

There are still too many echoes of James Wright in her work references to body, blessing, blossom, and bone. But that is a minor demur against one who is developing into a major poet. J.P. Lewis, Integrative Studies Dept., Otterbein Coll., Westerville, Ohio

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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