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."
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.
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."
The Truro Bear and
Poems and Essays
by Mary Oliver