American Primitive: poems

by Mary Oliver

Paper Book, 1983





Boston : Little, Brown, c1983.


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Her most acclaimed volume of poetry, American Primitive contains fifty visionary poems about nature, the humanity in love, and the wilderness of America, both within our bodies and outside. "American Primitive enchants me with the purity of its lyric voice, the loving freshness of its perceptions, and the singular glow of a spiritual life brightening the pages." -- Stanley Kunitz "These poems are natural growths out of a loam of perception and feeling, and instinctive skill with language makes them seem effortless. Reading them is a sensual delight." -- May Swenson

User reviews

LibraryThing member jaemaree
Ugh! she just transports me to the still places
LibraryThing member DonnaMarieMerritt
Two of my favorites from this collection: "Fall Song" and "Crossing the Swamp"
LibraryThing member realbigcat
It's easy to see why Mary Oliver is a Pulitzer Prize winner. Her words on the simple pleasures of nature strike a beautiful, simplistic chord with the reader. The best poems aren't complex but rather simple. They point out what we already see around us. Mary Oliver just does this better than anyone else.
LibraryThing member jarvenpa
Oh, I was dazzled and delighted when this book won the Pulitzer; it is so rare for my favorites to do so. I love Mary Oliver's work, so sinewy and mystic, but with mud at the roots.



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