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Dog Songs for Christmas

December 8, 2013

by Linda Monko

Mary Oliver’s Dog Songs is a celebration of the unique and deeply felt bond between people and dogs. Oliver shares her experience of these special relationships through an outstanding book of poems intimately describing the canines with whom she has shared her life — “accompanied her daily walks, warmed her home, and inspired her work.”

Dog_SongsSharing love, laughter, heartbreak and grief, Oliver introduces readers to her old friends Percy, Bear, Luke, Benjamin and others. Most importantly, her inclination to live an examined life brings extraordinary observations about human and dog relationships that become higher meditations on the world and our place in it. Dog Songs could be a wonderful gift* for anyone who values canine companionship.

The publisher’s bio explains that Mary Oliver was born in a small Ohio town and published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of 28. Over the course of her long career, she has received numerous awards including the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. She has led workshops and held residencies at various colleges and universities and currently lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Helen Hubbard permalink
    December 19, 2013 8:05 pm

    I’m a Mary Oliver fan and I once knew a Linda Monko. Hi Linda, if this is you. liked your blog.
    Helen H.

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