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Upstream: Selected EssaysUpstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


An essay collection from Mary Oliver in which she explores several of her usual themes - nature and man's place in it, her writing process, and her influences such as Whitman, Emerson, Poe, and Longfellow. Some of the essays are so beautifully written they could stand as prose poems. The essay form allows for more elaboration and more straight story-telling and serves her well, particularly the nature pieces. The pieces on her process are fascinating while the essays regarding her influences, while interesting, feel a little short.

[I received an advanced e-galley through Netgalley. The book is due to be published October 11, 2016.]



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