|Publish Date:||Jun 1986|
|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|
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
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