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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (115 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Oliver Narrator: Mary Oliver Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9780807007013
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Mary Oliver has published fifteen volumes of poetry and five books of prose in the span of four decades, but she rarely performs her poetry in live readings. Now, with the arrival of At Blackwater Pond, Mary Oliver has given her audience what they’ve longed to hear: the poet’s voice reading her own work. In this beautifully produced audiobook, Mary Oliver has recorded forty of her favorite poems, nearly spanning the length of her career, from Dream Work through her newest volume, New and Selected Poems, Volume Two.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Much of the work of the poet is a mystery, but the last labor is clear; it is the deliverance of the poem. Often this happens through a manuscript or a book, but it can occur in a vocal way also. Has everyone at some time looked up the original meaning of performance? It means, says Webster, 'to finish, to complete.' The poem is meant to be given away, best of all by the spoken presentation of it; then the work is complete. Which makes performance sound, does it not, like part of the life-work of the poem, which I think it is. As if the poem itself had an independent life, or the endless possibility of its own life, in minds other than the poet's, which I think it has.--Mary Oliver, from "Performance Note," an original essay first published in At Blackwater Pond

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liam | 1/3/2013

    " Mary's voice is soothing and relaxing, I like her cadence and soft accent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jane | 3/26/2012

    " I so enjoyed each of her poems-so relaxing to listen to-easy going-familiar themes. Terrific!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 3/22/2012

    " My first poetry book since college. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 3/4/2012

    " I can't say enough about Mary Oliver. Her soul finds the words to stir the souls of her readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MK | 12/14/2011

    " Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver? What's not to adore? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 11/22/2010

    " Another great collection of her poems read by the poet herself. I will be listening to this one again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 5/31/2010

    " A nice contrast to Radio Disney! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 2/22/2010

    " What a treat to bring Mary Oliver via iPod on my walks in the Metropark . Her poems invite a deeper appreciation of nature and the gift of "Aha!" moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liam | 2/8/2010

    " Mary's voice is soothing and relaxing, I like her cadence and soft accent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 12/30/2007

    " A nice contrast to Radio Disney! "

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