4 New Collections of Work by and About Bold, Free-Spirited Poets
A quartet of just-released books illuminates the artistry of Nikki
Giovanni, Mary Oliver, Joni Mitchell, and June Jordan, oracles who've
lived lives of boldness and beauty.
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Since the publication of her first book in 1963, Pulitzer Prize winner
Mary Oliver has crafted soul-penetrating observations on the natural
world and the mysteries of the heart. Devotions (Penguin Press), a
curated collection of 200-plus poems from five decades, brims with awe
and gratitude, as in "I Have Just Said": "I can’t remember / everything—
/ so many years!" Looking back, she writes, "All I know / is that
'thank you' should appear / somewhere."