From a poet who teaches us the beauty and magic of the natural world comes a reminder that this world includes "the creatures, with their / thick fur, their shy and wordless gaze. Their / infallible sense of what their lives / are meant to be."
In The Truro Bear and Other Adventures, Mary Oliver brings together ten new poems, thirty-five of her classic poems, and two essays, all about mammals, insects, and reptiles. The award-winning poet considers beasts of all kinds: bears, snakes, spiders, porcupines, humpback whales, hermit crabs, and, of course, her beloved and disobedient little dog, Percy, who appears and even speaks in thirteen poems, the closing section of this volume.
As Renée Loth has observed in the Boston Globe, "Mary Oliver, who won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 1983, is my choice for her joyous, accessible, intimate observations of the natural world . . . She teaches us the profound act of paying attention."
Praise for The Truro Bear and Other Adventures: Poems and Essays…
Oliver has the ability to transform everyday life events into something extraordinary. . . . [She shows us a natural world that is too often forgotten, in all its humor, grace and absolute loveliness.] —Emily Nicklin, Nature Conservancy
"Oliver, one of the country's most popular and highly awarded poets, presents . . . beautifully tempered lyrics celebrating the splendor of the living world . . . Oliver's signature tropes are as vital as ever-her beloved birds, dogs, snakes, and ocean are all summoned to capture the breathtaking glory of life." —Booklist
"The work of Mary Oliver is one of those rare and lovely convergences. She is a lyric artist with a riveted eye and an enormous heart, one of the nation's great spiritual sentinels."—Brian Doyle, Christian Century
"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, New York Times Book Review