At Blackwater Pond

  • by Mary Oliver
  • Narrated by Mary Oliver
  • 1 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mary Oliver has published fifteen volumes of poetry and five books of prose in the span of four decades, but she rarely performs her poetry in live readings. Now, with the arrival of At Blackwater Pond, Mary Oliver has given her audience what they've longed to hear: the poet's voice reading her own work. In this beautifully produced audiobook, Mary Oliver has recorded forty of her favorite poems, nearly spanning the length of her career, from Dream Work through her newest volume, New and Selected Poems, Volume Two.

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High Hopes

I have been a fan or really a lover of Mary Oliver's writing for as long as I can remember. I own most of her books in print and read them randomly and often. Oliver's words are powerful and through their deceptive simplicity and careful word choice convey deep meaning. Art in print for me.

Then recently I tried several radio play type of recordings from Audible--a new thing for me--and found that I enjoyed them very much. When I saw this collection of poetry--read by the author I was interested. I thought that it might be wonderful to hear the author read her own poems.

What I found was that voice recordings of poetry can be a wobbly thing. Much of the pleasure of reading poems--for me--comes from the ability to pause and think. Pace the words--putting stress on different lines in my mind. In short, the recorded version did not work for me. Thank goodness I own the book in print. Don't miss the poems but do listen to the sample first.
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- Sara "Avid Reader"

this poet shouldn't read own work

I love Mary Oliver's poetry and thought it would be wonderful to hear her read her own work. Unfortunately, I found her narration quite dry and I could not complete this book.
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- Merry Moon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-19-2011
  • Publisher: Beacon Press