Original Title. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Why I Wake Early , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 21, Anna rated it it was amazing. Mary Oliver continues to rip my heart out, cleanse it, and return it to me better than when she took it. Jul 25, Kevin Fanning rated it it was amazing Shelves: totally-worth-owning , poetry. Loved this. The Poet Goes to Indiana You tell me if it was worth it.
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View all 6 comments. Sep 13, David Schaafsma rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry. Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean-- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down -- who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes. Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face. Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away. I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do With your one wild and precious life? Feb 17, Celia rated it it was amazing Shelves: eol-book-club , read , , recommended , ten-year-challenge , poetry. Mary Oliver, who wrote poetry AND prose for over a 60 year period, died recently at the age of God is mentioned more than once in this poem.
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Even though Maryann was breathing her last breaths, Will noticed perhaps a flutter in her eyes as she heard the word God. As I read the beautiful poems in this book, my eyes did more than flutter; they wettened with tears. Mary is known for her poems - their thoughtfulness and introspection, the way they make you look at the natural world differently. And that is why Mary Oliver, and now I, wake early - to appreciate the beauty of the creation of God.
I plan to read as many of Mary's poetry books as I can. Her poetry collection, Devotions: the Selected Poems of Mary Oliver was her most recent and understandably very popular right now. I am no 12 on the waiting list. I might get it some time in October. So stay tuned for more Mary Oliver. Oct 26, Cheryl rated it it was amazing Shelves: to-enjoy-again , library-to-read , merlin-depository-ebook.
Gorgeous hymns to clouds, deer, snakes, beans Accessible and challenging simultaneously so it doesn't matter whether you're new to poetry or not. Not a dud in the lot. I can't choose favorites, but maybe give you samples. I did not really see them. I came later, and saw their tracks on the empty sand.
But I don't b Gorgeous hymns to clouds, deer, snakes, beans But I don't believe only to the edge of what my eyes actually see in the kindness of the morning, do you? And my life, which is my body surely, is also something more-- isn't yours? It took, to do this, perhaps fifteen minutes. Fifteen minutes of music with nothing playing. View 2 comments. Dec 04, Jon athan Nakapalau rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry , favorites. Mary Oliver is able to connect with nature in a truly unique way.
Very beautiful expression of our connection with the cycle of life. Jan 14, Maria rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry , favorites. The word reminds me of the early hours when there are no thoughts of rush, when every single thing takes its time. It feels as if the world has been rehearsing this moment for perfection. Cue the sunrise. Cue the first singing voice of the day.
Choir, you are up next. Every little thing sounds so loud in the silence of the morning. Peace is palpable. There's a sense of plenitude. Your breath falls in rhythm with the surroundings. The air smells of possibilities, of new beginnings. It's bot Languid. It's both breathtaking and reinvigorating. If you wanted to, you could reach out and touch the sky.
That is how Why I Wake Early made me feel. They seem more pondered, as if we are walking in the woods with Mary Oliver, our eyes closed as we listen to what she sees, to how she sees. There's no fear, only trust. She feels so gentle, so kind, so alive I say, you live your life your way and leave me alone. It's absolutely mesmerising. Though I play at the edges of knowing, truly I know our part is not knowing but looking, and touching, and loving, which is the way I walked on, softly, through the pale-pink morning light.
A trip down a memory lane that becomes ours.
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View 1 comment. Sep 14, Ashley rated it it was ok Shelves: poetry. Nature focused like her other work but a much stronger religious bent than I expected.
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I like her newer work much better. Mar 27, Gail rated it it was amazing.
Just more beautiful poetry by the great old woman who, oh-my-goodness, just makes words sing out such lush pictures of our world. She writes poems that share with us those clear, precise images of such beauty--or the tragedy found in the natural world--and her sense of them: the joy, the sweetness, the knowing of immediate, sublime pleasure in something that is only here for just this moment. But oh, what a moment. Captured, in Mary Oliver's words. It's like she writes with a crystal pen tip, an Just more beautiful poetry by the great old woman who, oh-my-goodness, just makes words sing out such lush pictures of our world.
It's like she writes with a crystal pen tip, and the resonance of the crystal molecules go into the lines. They glint off the pages, and sing.
And there's such peace in them. Yes, today, the world is so, so good, and here's this little sliver for us to always go back to. Dec 31, Becky rated it it was amazing. Her writing makes me pause and savor. To contemplate more deeply and breathe in. Notify me of new posts via email.
Hello, you who make the morning and spread it over the fields and into the faces of the tulips and the nodding morning glories, and into the windows of, even, the miserable and crotchety— best preacher that ever was, dear star, that just happens to be where you are in the universe to keep us from ever-darkness, to ease us with warm touching, to hold us in the great hands of light— good morning, good morning, good morning. Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness. Like this: Like Loading Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:.
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