Monday, September 09, 2013

REVIEW: Dog Songs

Dog Songs

by Mary Oliver

Hardcover: 144 Pages

Publisher:  Penguin Press, HC (October 8, 2013)


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Author Mary Oliver and her poems have been beloved by her loyal readers for years.  Her poems have come to mean so much to so many - some read them through illness or loss, some use them for meditation, and others simply return to them over and over again, like an old friend, for inspiration and comfort. 

Mary's dog poems, often called "Percy Poems" after one of her beloved dogs, provide a special window into her world.  Dog Songs is a collection of some of these cherished works, along with many new poems.  The collection truly shows Mary's relationship with the furry companions who have warmed both her heart and her home over the years.

The poems in Dogs Songs will evoke love and laughter, as well as heartache and tears.  Readers will not only have the pleasure of meeting Percy, but many others as well. 
"The dog reminds us of the pleasure of the body with its graceful physicality, and the acuity and rapture of the senses, and the beauty of the forest and ocean and rain and our own breath.  There is not a dog that romps and runs but we learn from him"
Truly one of those books that you will pick up again and again, Dog Songs is the perfect gift for any dog lover / parent / rescuer on your list.  I've had the pleasure of my advanced copy for several weeks now and find myself perusing it over and over.  I've shed a few tears, but I've also laughed, nodded and smiled with joy countless times.  Dog Songs captures the unbreakable bond between human and canine in a beautiful, expressive format.  Grab a copy of your own today...

About the Author: Born in a small town in Ohio, Mary Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of 26. Over the course of her long career, she has received numerous awards. Her fourth book, American Primitive, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984. She has led workshops and held residencies at various colleges and universities, including Bennington College, where she held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching. Oliver currently lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Disclaimer: Penguin Press sent a complimentary copy of Dog Songs to Lapdog Creations for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed in the review are my own.

3 comments:

SissySees said...

Thanks for the tears warning... sounds like something that might be a meaningful gift...

Molly The Wally said...

We agree would make a nice gift. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

Sue said...

Time to start making holiday gift lists. Thanks

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