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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, [2013]
ISBN: 9781594204784
1594204780
Characteristics: 127 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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amahearn
Jul 07, 2020

I love dogs so the topic of the poems are sweet. However, I was very disappointed in the quality of the poetry. At one point, I thought this could be in a greeting card instead of being written by a Pulitzer-prize-winning poet. Usually Mary Oliver uses descriptions of nature to draw her reader in a deeper truth. Here the only message was: dogs good.

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patcarstensen
Jun 09, 2019

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

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dirtbag
May 23, 2019

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

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DonnaEllenSchmidt
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.

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empbee
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.

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LucyLG
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.

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whistlefide
Oct 31, 2015

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

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sjb333
Aug 26, 2014

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

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andreareads
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.

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andreareads
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.

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andreareads
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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