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Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, celebrates love in her new collection of poems  

“If I have any secret stash of poems, anywhere, it might be about love, not anger,”

Mary Oliver once said in an interview. Finally, in her stunning new collection, Felicity, we can immerse ourselves in Oliver’s love poems. Here, great happiness abounds. 
Our most delicate chronicler
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Penguin Press
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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
While a number of verses were questionably poetic, some gems are in here as well:

Things take the time they take. Don’t
worry (c)
Some words will never leave God’s mouth,
no matter how hard you listen. (c)
Do the trees speak back to the wind
when the wind offers some invitational comment? (c)
All important ideas must include the trees,
the mountains, and the rivers. (c)
The point is, you’re you, and that’s for keeps. (c)
Love is the one thing the heart craves
and love is the one thing
you can’t
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Oh reach into the night sky
and hand me 5 stars
so I can give you a 10 star review!
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, poetry
I really enjoy Mary Oliver's poetry. She writes a lot about nature and animals. This book has poems about love. They are beautiful.

I Don't Want to Lose

I don't want to lose a single thread
from the intricate brocade of this happiness.
I want to remember everything.
Which is why I'm lying awake, sleepy
but not sleepy enough to give it up.
Just now, a moment from a year ago:
the early morning light, the deft, sweet
gesture of your hand
reaching for me.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, read2016
This isn't where I would start with Mary Oliver, and it pains me to give this collection only 3 stars. But they are a bit thin on connection and insight compared to her normal works.

Here is my favorite:


There are moments that cry out to be fulfilled.
Like, telling someone you love them.
Or giving your money away, all of it.

Your heart is beating, isn't it?
You're not in chains, are you?

There is nothing more pathetic than caution
when headlong might save a life,
even, possibly, your own.
Ammara Abid
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Poems arrive ready to begin.
Poets are only the transportation.

For Tom Shaw S.S.J.E. (1945–2014)
Where has this cold come from?
“It comes from the death of your friend.”
Will I always, from now on, be this cold?
“No, it will diminish. But always
it will be with you.”
What is the reason for it?
“Wasn’t your friendship always as beautiful
as a flame?”
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, favorites
Things take the time they take. Don't
How many roads did St. Augustine follow
before he became St. Augustine?

That is how Mary Oliver starts The Journey, the first part of her latest book that goes by the name of Felicity. How brilliantly appropriate, wouldn't you say? Reading this first poem titled Don't Worry on the very first day of a new year. Makes you think about the urgency of the resolutions whispered before midnight...

Mary Oliver's voice feels familiar, as if you have been listening
Tiffany Reisz
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read at 3am this morning when I couldn't sleep. I'm so glad I had these poems to keep me and Honeytoast, my sad kitty, company in that quiet hour.

by Mary Oliver

When I moved from one house to another
there were many things I had no room
for. What does one do? I rented a storage
space. And filled it. Years passed.
Occasionally I went there and looked in,
but nothing happened, not a single
twinge of the heart.
As I grew older the things I cared
about grew fewer, but were more
important. So one day
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
It seems you love this world very much.
“Yes,” I said. “This beautiful world.”
And you don’t mind the mind, that keeps you
busy all the time with its dark and bright wonderings?
“No, I’m quite used to it. Busy, busy,
all the time.”
And you don’t mind living with those questions,
I mean the hard ones, that no one can answer?
“Actually, they’re the most interesting.”
And you have a person in your life whose hand
you like to hold?
“Yes, I do.”
It must surely, then, be very happy down there
in your heart.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This is the fourth collection of Mary Oliver poems I've read and I'm still completely in awe.
Diane Barnes
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I prefer her poems about nature, but still, these are just beautiful. A surprise find at the library when I went in to renew my card.
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
3.5 stars. The first section "The Journey" was wonderful. The second, mostly love poems, wasn't quite my thing. Still not sure what my taste in poetry really is, but I suspect love poems are not it.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, women-writers
The word “felicity” has multiple meanings, and here Mary Oliver certainly displays both “intense happiness” and plenty of “apt expressions.”

80 years old when this was published, these poems reflect a lightness, as if she’s shedding previously held beliefs, distilling ideas down to their essence, laughing a bit at life, unafraid.

Most in this collection have that quiet intensity that I expected from Oliver. A few didn’t touch me, but the ones that did left a lasting impression. Here are just two
Oct 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, poetry
Mary Oliver's latest collection is a rumination on love. Unfortunately, it takes her away from the natural world, searching a bit more in the ephemeral. Her strongest work has always been about looking at little moments and finding deeper meaning there. Without that connection to the physical world, there is something just self-helpy and feel good without feeling substantial. There are, of course, some beautiful moments because she's a wonderful writer and poet, but this thin book (the poems are ...more
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this "fix" of Mary Oliver's poetry. It is spare but never sparse, and full of awe. This explores love. As I read my heart rate slowed and a great, thinking calm came over me.
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
"Beauty can both shout and whisper, and still/ it explains nothing."

I am a fan of Mary Oliver and was thrilled to receive this book from Goodreads as a first-reads giveaway. So many of Oliver's poems lay down a moment and then end with an unexpected line that works like a perfect meditation, which is why I love her work.

This collection is focused around God, nature, and love split into three parts entitled The Journey, Love, and Felicity. The Journey is written with Oliver's pastoral tradition
Alexandria Joy
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From That Little Beast

"But sometimes, when I'm thinking about you,
and no doubt smiling,
it sits down quietly, one paw under its chin,
and just listens."

So, so pretty.

Beth Bonini
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
If pressed to name a favourite contemporary poet, Mary Oliver is nearly always the name I reach for. To be honest, though, this is not her strongest collection. It’s surprisingly lightweight - both in the structure and complexity of the poems. Some of the poems, especially those which focus on love and kissing, are actually a bit (I feel bad about saying this) banal.

I think of Mary Oliver primarily as a nature poet. She has a notable sense of the ecstatic, and nature is nearly always the inspir
Alec Lurie
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some really great poems about love, earth, and life in general. It's a little Jesus-y though.
Arlitia Jones
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the last book I will read in 2016. I chose it specifically because it is a book about love and gratitude and engaging with the world, our fellow humans, the trees, the clouds, the dolphins and it's everything we need at the close of this dark passage. Thank you Mary Oliver. I am ready for connection, for a headlong life. 2017, you unknown expanse of time and happening, new books and true hearts, I promise to defend, fight, cherish, resist and celebrate in service of making you the year w ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Written by Mary Oliver
2015; 96 Pages
Genre: poetry


(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

I heart Mary Oliver! I discovered this poet last year and I have loved every poem she has written. There is something so innocent yet realistic. I enjoy reading the poetry out loud as the words are so beautifully put together. She has become not just a favourite writer but someone I look to for inspiration in my own writing.
South Buncombe Library
5 stars and if I could just slip a copy to every patron who checks out anything at my library I think we'd all be better people for taking a few minutes to read through Mary Oliver's latest collection. -Sarah

"The roses laughed softly. 'Forgive us,'
they said, "but as you can see, we are
just now entirely busy being roses.'"
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very beautiful collection of poems which were inspired by nature, personal experiences and life itself. The images they evoked were marvelous and the language the poet used was mesmerising. An instant favourite.

A copy was very kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley.
Emily Graham
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
On the cusp of a two star rating, but I think my dissatisfaction largely stems from the distance between my mid-twenties existence and her contented reflection from the happy vantage of eighty odd years.
Ashley Olson
Note to self and others: read this when blindly in love. If read when harboring a momentary distaste for love, this book may cause you to think "tell me about love later, Mary Oliver because right now I don't entirely believe you."
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-gcac
I really enjoyed this book of poetry. Still reading some again, and will buy it soon.
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won this book as part of a giveaway on a site called read it forward. It is a book of poems. I enjoyed reading it. They are well written poems. I hope to read more books by this author.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Mary Oliver
September 10, 1935 - January 17, 2019

I couldn't hold back the tears when I learned about Mary Oliver today.
I love her. Her beautiful work is as important as that of Whitman or Dickinson to me. I went on thru the books I've read of her, but I couldn't choose a favorite. This. No, no, this and so I started reading Felicity. Here it was, in front of me. I Am Pleased to Tell You. Mr. Death did not steal Mary Oliver from us today.

I Am Pleased to Tell You

Mr. Death, I am pleased to tell you
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
well i have cried through this from start to finish! i got this out from the library last week because i finally decided to read mary oliver for the first time (outside of knowing and loving ‘wild geese’ of course) and i love her. i feel like i’m looking at the world through much more curious and loving eyes. what an incredible poet. her reluctant love poems can end all love poems.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I feel like I can confidently say that I have a favorite poet! This is a beautiful book. I'll definitely be reading it again - and I want to read everything Mary Oliver has ever written.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
This collection wasn't really for me. The language was a bit simplistic and abstract. It reminded me of the sort of sentiment you might find on inspirational paintings (of the Live-Laugh-Love variety), which just isn't my thing. I prefer more lyricism.

Favorite poem(s): "Except for the Body", "This and That"
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“Things! Burn them, burn them! Make a beautiful fire! More room in your heart for love, for the trees! For the birds who own nothing—the reason they can fly.” 25 likes
“There are moments that cry out to be fulfilled. Like, telling someone you love them. Or giving your money away, all of it. Your heart is beating, isn’t it? You’re not in chains, are you? There is nothing more pathetic than caution when headlong might save a life, even, possibly, your own.” 22 likes
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