Dream Work (Paperback)
"You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves."
One of Mary Oliver's most famous poems "Wild Geese" made its debut via this collection. Said poem truly never fails to reach into my body and rip out my soul, in the most beautiful way possible. Please, please consider allowing the poem to also rip out your soul, or at least inspire it.— From Rose's Picks
This collection of forty-five poems, published in 1986, follows both chronologically and logically Mary Oliver’s "American Primitive," which won her the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1983. The depth and diversity of perceptual awareness — so steadfast and radiant in American Primitive — continues in "Dream Work."— From April is National Poetry Month
Her poems are wonderingly perceptive and strongly written, but beyond that they are a spirited, expressive meditation on the impossibilities of what we call lives, and on the gratifications of change. Hayden Carruth
Olivers poems are thoroughly convincingas genuine, moving, and implausible as the first caressing breeze of spring. The New York Times Book Review
One of the astonishing aspects of [Olivers] work is the consistency of tone over this long period. What changes is an increased focus on nature and an increased precision with language that has made her one of our very best poets. . . . These poems sustain us rather than divert us. Although few poets have fewer human beings in their poems than Mary Oliver, it is ironic that few poets also go so far to help us forward. Stephen Dobyns, The New York Times Book Review