[Reading Upstream Selected Essays] Epub AUTHOR Mary Oliver

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Lished here for the first time reaffirms Oliver as a passionate and prolific observer whose thoughtful meditations on spiders writing a poem blue fin tuna and Ralph Waldo Emerson inspire us all to discover wonder and awe in life's smallest corner. In her essay collection Upstream Mary Oliver sets us on a trail through forest and by shore as she expertly layers in experience and thought from essay to essay A collection of three parts the latter two being expansions on the first Upstream is Oliver s beautifully writ reflection on where she comes from her kinship with the natural world and its wild ones and the authors that have warmed her blood and uickened her own ink Oliver s essays on Whitman Emerson and Poe are insightful pieces that were immensely enjoyable to read They offer perspective and interpretation on both each author s work and the motivation behind it I would eagerly recommend Oliver s essays as strong companion pieces to experiencing andor revisiting each author in turn Oliver illumines wonderful points about these specific authors as well as literature as a whole As with the assertion from her Emerson An Introduction thatThe best use of literature bends not toward the narrow and the absolute but to the extravagant and the possible Answers are no part of it rather it is the opinions the rhapsodic persuasions the engrafted logics the clues that are to the mind of the reader the possible keys to his own self uarrels his own predicament This is the crux of Emerson who does not advance straight ahead but wanders to all sides of an issue who delivers suggestions with a kindly gesture who opens doors and tells us to look at things for ourselves The one thing he is adamant about is that we should look we must look for that is the liuor of life that brooding upon issues that attention to thought even as we weed the garden or milk the cowThe aspect of Oliver s Upstream that most connected me with her writing and most moved me to start reading her poetry is her ability to vividly capture the impress and beauty of the wild Her prose is warm honey dripping from fresh honey comb and freshly spilled blood on snow It holds a visceral heat and weight to it that is stirring and captivating It made me think of Waldeinsamkeit the untranslatable German word for the feeling of being alone in the woods with wald meaning woodforest and einsamkeit meaning loneliness or solitude More yearn for than think of really Thanks to an old yet never sated etymology addiction and a penchant for eagerly grabbing the bait whenever an article like 50 Untranslatable Words From Other Languages pops up in my radar waldeinsamkeit is what comes to mind when I think of having an intense connection with nature Where one can be swallowed up by the underside of a trees leaves or the glow surrounding the moon on a windy night a perfect contentment in solitude while everything breathes around you I can t say breathes is really the word that it really expresses a clear expression That otherness felt in nature as in literature and the poignance of both is beyond my abilities of description but Oliver does it credit in her essay titled Staying Alive In the first of these the natural world I felt at ease nature was full of beauty and interest and mystery also good and bad luck but never misuse The second world the world of literature offered me besides the pleasures of form the sustentation of empathy and I ran for it I realized in it I stood willingly and gladly in the characters of everything other people trees clouds And this is what I learned that the world s otherness is antidote to confusion that standing within this otherness the beauty and the mystery of the world out in the fields or deep inside books can re dignify the worst stung heart Upstream is a collection I can definitely see myself revisiting and I look forward to reading from Mary Oliver I think it holds a wealth of inspiration for introspection and there are pieces of it that are still tumbling around my head and working themselves into all sorts of channels Pieces that need to continually traipse about my mind in lewdly luminescent emboldened letters as a consistent reminder such asYou must not ever stop being whimsicalAnd you must not ever give anyone else the responsibility for your lifeI d like to thank NetGalley for giving me the chance to discover read and review a new to me author with this ARC

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Upstream Selected Essays

Ithin the woods and the joyful and rhythmic beating of wings Oliver intimately shares with her readers her uiet discoveries boundless curiosity and exuberance for the grandeur of our world This radiant collection of her work with some pieces pub. Mary Oliver can do no wrong in her poetry She is one of my favorite voices reflecting on nature reflecting on relationships She is happy to live a life that isn t well traveled but rather one that notices that breathesThis book of essays reflects that philosophy Some are on home some are on other writers some are on scrambled turtle eggs I was cooing over the beautiful writing on the plane much to my seatmates chagrin This would be a good addition to an essay collection OR for fans of poetry

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Comprising a selection of essays Upstream finds beloved poet Mary Oliver reflecting on her astonishment and admiration for the natural world and the craft of writing  As she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor finding solace and safety w. I have a weird relationship with Mary Oliver I own and have read several of her books Most of them are poetry but a couple of them are essay collections as Upstream is I generally like most of her books and it excites me to see someone making some kind of a living off selling poetry Though where Ms Oliver lives a beaver hut is yet to be determined by meSometimes when I m reading her work I m smiling or nodding and really feeling groovy For instance in this collection she ponders poetry I learned from Whitman that the poem is a temple or a green field a place to enter and in which to feel Only in a secondary way is it an intellectual thing an artifact a moment of seemly and robust wordiness wonderful as that part of it is I learned that the poem was made not just to exist but to speak to be companyAnd creativity The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work who felt their own creative power restive and uprising and gave to it neither power nor timeAnd when I m reading lines like these I feel like Ms Oliver is a kindred spirit and I feel proud of her writing and long career But then she ll start talking about those open mouthed kisses that she plants on trees and sticks and animals and whatnot and it puts into my mind that bizarre moment from Elizabeth Gilbert s memoir Eat Pray Love when at a yoga camp or wherever the hell she was she suddenly mounts a tree and initiates foreplay Folks I love nature but I love it the way EB White loved it the way that Larry McMurtry and his characters love nature As in Damn would you just look at that view So after a few of these open mouthed expressions of nature devotion I came to these lines dear God please let someone be reading this review right now because I need some hand holding hereOnce I put my face against the body of our cat as she lay with her kittens and she did not seem to mind So I pursed my lips against that full moon and I tasted the rich river of her bodySay what now Wha I literally read these two sentences about ten times in a row then brought the book to my husband and read them aloud and asked Is she saying what I think she s saying My husband s face recoiled in a grimace and he said What in hell are you readingExactly I m sorry Ms Oliver there s some good stuff here and I love Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson too but I gotta draw the line somewhereAnd please stay away from my cats Reputation labor finding solace and safety w. I have a weird relationship with Mary Oliver I own and have read several of her books Most of them are poetry but a couple of them are essay collections as Upstream is I generally Alfablot like most of her books and it excites me to see someone making some kind of a Wild Gypsy Rose (Royals of Cardenas Book 4) living off selling poetry Though where Ms Oliver Heads of the Colored People lives a beaver hut is yet to be determined by meSometimes when I m reading her work I m smiling or nodding and really feeling groovy For instance in this collection she ponders poetry I The Syrian Rebellion learned that the poem was made not just to exist but to speak to be companyAnd creativity The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work who felt their own creative power restive and uprising and gave to it neither power nor timeAnd when I m reading Lovers Destined like these I feel Prima che tu dica «Pronto» like Ms Oliver is a kindred spirit and I feel proud of her writing and Sweeter Than Wine long career But then she Lady Ariana ll start talking about those open mouthed kisses that she plants on trees and sticks and animals and whatnot and it puts into my mind that bizarre moment from Elizabeth Gilbert s memoir Eat Pray Love when at a yoga camp or wherever the hell she was she suddenly mounts a tree and initiates foreplay Folks I Milk And Honey love nature but I Centerburg Tales: More Adventures of Homer Price love it the way EB White The Substitute Bride loved it the way that Larry McMurtry and his characters The English Wife love nature As in Damn would you just The Octopus Museum lines dear God please Blood in the Dust let someone be reading this review right now because I need some hand holding hereOnce I put my face against the body of our cat as she The volunteer lips against that full moon and I tasted the rich river of her bodySay what now Wha I Sweet and Sour Milk Variations on the Theme of An African Dictatorship literally read these two sentences about ten times in a row then brought the book to my husband and read them aloud and asked Is she saying what I think she s saying My husband s face recoiled in a grimace and he said What in hell are you readingExactly I m sorry Ms Oliver there s some good stuff here and I The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling love Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson too but I gotta draw the Milk and Honey line somewhereAnd please stay away from my cats


10 thoughts on “Upstream Selected Essays

  1. says:

    I have a weird relationship with Mary Oliver I own and have read several of her books Most of them are poetry but a couple of them are essay collections as Upstream is I generally like most of her books and it excites me to see someone making some kind of a living off selling poetry Though where Ms Oliver lives a beaver hut? is yet to be determined by meSometimes when I'm reading her work I'm smiling or nodding and real

  2. says:

    45 I have read her poetry for years she in one of my favorites but until this book I never knew she was an essayist The beautiful w

  3. says:

    4★If you were to take a walk upstream what would you notice?Exploring the twin pleasures of writing literature with essays on Whitman Wordsworth Poe and Emerson and then the observations of the natural world—seeing it hearing it and responding to it are the inspiration in this collection by poet Mary OliverShe so beautifully describes the watery world of fish swimming in blue pastures sunflowers that are w

  4. says:

    Mary Oliver can do no wrong in her poetry She is one of my favorite voices reflecting on nature reflecting on relationships She is ha

  5. says:

    I've always loved her poetry but until now never read any prose by Mary Oliver Her writing is wonderful and peaceful and cleansing Ma

  6. says:

    Actual rating 45 starsI received this book in exchange from an honest review from NetGalley Thank you to the author Mary Oliver and the publisher Penguin Press for this opportunityThis is a selection of essays wr

  7. says:

    Incredibly beautiful and just awe inspiring how she was able to express her passion for literature and nature within such

  8. says:

    In her essay collection Upstream Mary Oliver sets us on a trail through forest and by shore as she expertly layers in experience and thought from essay to essay A collection of three parts the latter two being expansions on the first Upstream is Oliver's beautifully writ reflection on where she comes from her kinship with the natural world and its wild ones and the authors that have warmed her blood and uickened her ow

  9. says:

    I uickly found for myself two such blessings the natural world and the world of writing literature These were the gates th

  10. says:

    Mary Oliver's essays like her poems are a soothing balm for the soul

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