A Thousand Mornings

Mary Oliver - Author

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ISBN 9781594204777 | 96 pages | 11 Oct 2012 | The Penguin Press | 5.00 x 7.51in | 18 - AND UP
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Mornings with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver


In A THOUSAND MORNINGS, Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has come to define her life’s work, transporting us to the marshland and coastline of her beloved home, Provincetown, Massachusetts. In these pages, Oliver shares the wonder of dawn, the grace of animals, and the transformative power of attention. Whether studying the leaves of a tree or mourning her adored dog, Percy, she is ever patient in her observations and open to the teachings contained in the smallest of moments.


Our most precious chronicler of physical landscape, Oliver opens our eyes to the nature within, to its wild and its quiet. With startling clarity, humor, and kindness, A THOUSAND MORNINGS explores the mysteries of our daily experience.


I go down to the shore in the morning
and depending on the hour the waves
are rolling in or moving out,
and I say, oh, I am miserable,
what shall—
what should I do? And the sea says
in its lovely voice:
Excuse me, I have work to do.

I Go Down to the Shore

I Happened to Be Standing

Foolishness? No, It’s Not

The Gardener

After I Fall Down the Stairs at the Golden Temple

If I Were

Good-Bye, Fox

Poem of the One World

And Bob Dylan Too

Three Things to Remember



The First Time Percy Came Back

Lines Written in the Days of Growing Darkness

Blake Dying

The Mockingbird

The Moth, The Mountains, The Rivers

A Thousand Mornings

An Old Story

Hum, Hum

I Have Decided

Was It Necessary to Do It?

Green, Green Is My Sister’s House

The Instant

The Way of the World

Extending the Airport Runway


Out of the Stump Rot, Something

In Our Woods, Sometimes a Rare Music

The Morning Paper

The Poet Compares Human Nature to the Ocean From Which We Came

On Traveling to Beautiful Places

The Man Who Has Many Answers

Life Story

”For I Will Consider My Dog Percy”




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