Dog Songs

Dog Songs

Thirty-five Dog Songs and One Essay

Book - 2013
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"Beloved by her readers, special to the poet's own heart, Mary Oliver's dog poems offer a special window into her world. Dog Songs collects some of the most cherished poems together with new works, offering a portrait of Oliver's relationship to the companions that have accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her work. To be illustrated with images of the dogs themselves, the subjects will come to colorful life here. These are poems of love and laughter, heartbreak and grief. In these pages we visit with old friends, including Oliver's well-loved Percy, and meet still others. Throughout, the many dogs of Oliver's life emerge as fellow travelers, but also as guides, spirits capable of opening our eyes to the lessons of the moment and the joys of nature and connection. Dog Songs is a testament to the power and depth of the human-animal exchange, from an observer of extraordinary vision"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9781594204784
Characteristics: 127 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Burgoyne, John - Illustrator


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Jun 09, 2019

Wonderful line drawings. probably not what you would give to a cat-person friend though.

May 23, 2019

If you have ever owned a dog you will recognize the dogs in her poetry. Fabulous book.

Apr 29, 2019

Open the book to any poem and read it aloud to your friend, dog or human. Enchanting, poignant and a bridge to a conversation. I am sorry dogs can't read. Yet I they probably know she is one of their biggest fans. I know I am.

Oct 28, 2018

If you love poetry and dogs, you will love this nice collection of memories of Oliver's dogs and her reflection on nature and the world.

Becca Levin
Oct 18, 2018

As always, Oliver delivers a fantastic collection of poetry that speaks to me on a deep level. This absolutely captures how I feel about dogs I've adopted, fostered, and helped rescue.

Rebecca_Kohn Mar 31, 2018

Whether writing from the perspective of a dog or sharing an observation about them, Oliver gets at the heart of dog companionship: abundant joy.

JCLHelenH Oct 17, 2017

Mary Oliver beautifully articulates how I feel about my canine companions. This is a lovely collection.

Oct 31, 2015

even if you don't like poems, if you love dogs you will like these

Aug 26, 2014

While I love Mary Oliver's poems in general, this book really stands out for me. Beautiful poems.

May 12, 2014

If you love dogs this book is for you.


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May 12, 2014

now you’ll be telling stories / of my coming back / and they won’t be false, and they won’t be true, / but they’ll be real.

May 12, 2014

Be prepared. A dog is adorable and noble. / A dog is a true and loving friend. A dog / is also a hedonist.

May 12, 2014

I have seen Ben place his nose meticulously into the shallow dampness of a deer’s hoofprint and shut his eyes as if listening. But it is smell he is listening to.


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