Mary Oliver

Mary Jane Oliver (September 10, 1935 – January 17, 2019) was an American poet who won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2007 The New York Times described her as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet.”

Poetry collections

No Voyage, and Other Poems Dent (New York, NY), expanded edition, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1965.

The River Styx, Ohio, and Other Poems Harcourt (New York, NY) 1972

The Night Traveler Bits Press 1978

Sleeping in the Forest Ohio University (a 12-page chapbook, p. 49–60 in The Ohio Review—Vol. 19, No. 1 [Winter 1978])

Twelve Moons Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1979

American Primitive Little, Brown (Boston, MA)  1983

Dream Work Atlantic Monthly Press (Boston, MA)1986

Provincetown Appletree Alley, limited edition with woodcuts by Barnard Taylor 1987

House of Light Beacon Press (Boston, MA) 1990

 New and Selected Poems [volume one] Beacon Press (Boston, MA), 1992

White Pine: Poems and Prose Poems Harcourt (San Diego, CA) 1994

 Blue Pastures Harcourt (New York, NY) 1995

 West Wind: Poems and Prose Poems Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA) 1997

 Winter Hours: Prose, Prose Poems, and Poems Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA) 1999

 The Leaf and the Cloud Da Capo (Cambridge, Massachusetts), (prose poem) 2000

 What Do We Know Da Capo (Cambridge, Massachusetts) 2002

 Owls and Other Fantasies: poems and essays Beacon (Boston, MA) 2003

 Why I Wake Early: New Poems Beacon (Boston, MA) 2004

 Blue Iris: Poems and Essays Beacon (Boston, MA) 2004

  • Wild geese: selected poems, Bloodaxe, 2004
  •  New and Selected Poems, volume two Beacon (Boston, MA) 2005
  •  At Blackwater Pond: Mary Oliver Reads Mary Oliver (audio cd) 2005
  • Thirst: Poems (Boston, MA) 2006
  • Our World with photographs by Molly Malone Cook, Beacon (Boston, MA) 2007
  •  The Truro Bear and Other Adventures: Poems and Essays, Beacon Press, 2008
  • Red Bird Beacon (Boston, MA) 2008
  •  Evidence Beacon (Boston, MA) 2009
  • Swan: Poems and Prose Poems (Boston, MA) 2010
  • A Thousand Mornings Penguin (New York, NY) 2012
  • Dog Songs Penguin Press (New York, NY) 2013
  • Blue Horses Penguin Press (New York, NY) 2014
  • Felicity Penguin Press (New York, NY) 2015
  • Devotions The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver Penguin Press (New York, NY) 2017

Non-fiction books and other collections

  •  A Poetry Handbook Harcourt (San Diego, CA)1994 
  • Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA) 1998
  •  Long Life: Essays and Other Writings Da Capo (Cambridge, Massachusetts) 2004
  • Upstream: Selected Essays Penguin (New York, NY) 2016
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