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Mary Oliver is America’s biggest-selling contemporary poet, and one of its best-loved. Her luminous poetry celebrates nature and beauty, love and the spirit, silence and wonder – extending the visionary American tradition of Whitman, Emerson, Frost and Emily Dickinson. Her extraordinary poetry is nourished by her intimate knowledge and minute daily observation of Cape Cod and the New England coast, its woods and ponds, its birds and animals, plants and trees. In Swan, her twentieth volume, she brilliantly captures the world that we, ‘made out of the dust of stars’, inhabit.

“Cherished nature poet Oliver... [makes] each dispatch fresh and startling by way of the vitality of her encompassing vision and the fluidity and shine of her language.”

“These are life-enhancing and redemptive poems that coax the sublime from the subliminal.”
Sally Connolly, Poetry

“Mary Oliver’s poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing.”
Stanley Kunitz

Mary Oliver was born in Maple Heights, Ohio in 1935. Her first collection American Primitive (1983) won a Pulitzer Prize. Bloodaxe published her first UK selection, Wild Geese: Selected Poems, in 2004, which has so far sold over 8,000 copies. It was followed by her latest work in Thirst (2007), Red Bird (2008) and Evidence (2009). She holds the Catherine Osgood Foster Chair at Bennington College, Vermont, and lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.