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As a dog lover and a poetry lover, this book was a double whammy. Oliver’s blunt yet lyrical voice truly lends itself to the subject matter. The way she writes about the loyal companions (past and present) in her life brought tears to my eyes—tears of joy and of heartbreak. Since this is a collection of old and new poems, this book has been a long time coming. In Oliver’s poetic body of work, you see her love of dogs scattered throughout her many collections. For dog lovers, it’s wonderful to finally have them all in one place. ~ Julie— From Staff Picks for the Holidays!
“Mary Oliver is a canine lover par excellence. Her combo of woman’s best friend and poetry is utterly irresistible.” —Oprah.com
“Mary Oliver’s Dog Songs is, plainly put, a lovely and accessible book of poems.” —The Rumpus
“Oliver’s capacity for simple ecstasy in response to the natural world remains. The new Dog Songs turns . . . material about canines into something meaningful.” —Time Out
“The set of poems all feature dogs, a species much beloved by the poet; she writes of her canine companions with as much awe and reverence as she does other miraculous beasts and natural phenomena. They read as embodiments of the natural order, comprehending the cycle of life and death in ways no human can.” —Bust Magazine
“Dog Songs collects her most soul-stirring poems and short prose celebrating that special human-canine relationship and what it reveals about the meaning of our own lives—a beautiful manifestation of Oliver’s singular sieve for extracting from the particularities of the poetic subject the philosophical universalities of the human condition to illuminate what it means to live a good life, a full life, a life of purpose and presence.” —Brain Pickings
“The collection invites us to linger awhile in the pure happiness Oliver feels toward dogs, most notably, her beloved dog Percy . . . For Oliver, nature is our teacher and dogs some of the best professors.” —Bookish, The Houston Chronicle
“Renowned for her love of nature, Ms. Oliver writes exquisite, lyrical poems that . . . remind the reader of how much there is to love in this world. Nowhere is this love more evident than in Oliver’s latest collection, Dog Songs . . . These poems will make you smile, laugh, cry and nod your head in delighted agreement.” —The Bark