At Blackwater Pond:

Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver

  • Read by: Mary Oliver
  • Runtime: 1.0 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 4.1.2006
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • Genre: Nonfiction/Poetry
  • 1.00 hr4/1/2006Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9780807007013

Mary Oliver has published fifteen volumes of poetry and five books of prose in the span of four decades, but she rarely performs her poetry in live readings. Now, with the arrival of At Blackwater Pond, Mary Oliver has given her audience what they’ve longed to hear: the poet’s voice reading her own work. In this beautifully produced audiobook, Mary Oliver has recorded forty of her favorite poems, nearly spanning the length of her career, from Dream Work through her newest volume, New and Selected Poems, Volume Two.

Editorial Reviews

Much of the work of the poet is a mystery, but the last labor is clear; it is the deliverance of the poem. Often this happens through a manuscript or a book, but it can occur in a vocal way also. Has everyone at some time looked up the original meaning of performance? It means, says Webster, 'to finish, to complete.' The poem is meant to be given away, best of all by the spoken presentation of it; then the work is complete. Which makes performance sound, does it not, like part of the life-work of the poem, which I think it is. As if the poem itself had an independent life, or the endless possibility of its own life, in minds other than the poet's, which I think it has.--Mary Oliver, from "Performance Note," an original essay first published in At Blackwater Pond

Author Biography

Mary Oliver, a private person by nature, has given very few interviews over the years. Instead, she prefers to let her work speak for itself. And speak it has, for the past five decades, to countless readers. The New York Times has acknowledged her as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet.” Born in a small town in Ohio, she published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of 28. Over the course of her long and illustrious career, she has received numerous awards. Her fourth book, American Primitive, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984. She currently lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the inspiration for much of her work.

Reader Biography

Mary Oliver, a private person by nature, has given very few interviews over the years. Instead, she prefers to let her work speak for itself. And speak it has, for the past five decades, to countless readers. The New York Times has acknowledged her as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet.” Born in a small town in Ohio, she published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of 28. Over the course of her long and illustrious career, she has received numerous awards. Her fourth book, American Primitive, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984. She currently lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the inspiration for much of her work.

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