• The cover of the book New and Selected Poems, Volume One

    New and Selected Poems, Volume One

    This 1992 compendium includes work from previous works that include House of Light, Dream Work, American Primitive (for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983), Twelve Moons, The Night Traveler, and Sleeping in the Forest. The collection also features thirty brand-new poems that were written in 1991 and 1992. An excellent introduction to Oliver’s early work, but including some of her most famous poems including “Wild Geese,” and “The Journey.”

  • The cover of the book Felicity


    Described by reviewers as Oliver’s most “playful” and “sexy” work, Felicity devotes half of its pages to love poems that explore romance from a variety of perspectives, including a thorough grounding in its physical expressions. The collection was published when Oliver was beginning her 80s and yet the joy expressed in the delights of love will speak to anyone who remembers the heady first days of discovering love’s complex ways.

  • The cover of the book Dog Songs

    Dog Songs

    Mary Oliver mentions in many of her poems that she is accompanied by one of her dogs. In earlier work, she included the poem, “Her Grave,” which relates her heartbreak at burying one of her beloved hounds. In this collection, thirty-five poems and one essay attest to Oliver’s passion for her canine friends.

  • The cover of the book Blue Horses

    Blue Horses

    In these poems, Oliver further explores her relationship with nature, even infusing it with a sense of magic. She also confronts her own mortality. Rumi, the 13th century poet, is the focus of other poems, along with several about love.

  • The cover of the book Swan


    This collection features several of Oliver’s prose poems, long paragraphs of poetic language that tell stories. Many of the poems have a scientific bent, exploring the natural world with the eye of the biologist, assessing the state of balance in the woods and in the ponds and streams close to her home.

  • The cover of the book Devotions


The ultimate collection of Mary Oliver poetry, selected by Oliver herself. The poems span her entire career in the 480 pages of this book. Even for her most devoted fans, Devotions offers a new way of looking at her life’s work.