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‘The popularity of [Dog Songs] feels as inevitable and welcome as a wagging tail upon homecoming’ Boston Globe

In Dog Songs, Mary Oliver celebrates the special bond between human and dog, as understood through her connection to the dogs who across the years accompanied her on her daily walks, warmed her home and inspired her work. The poems in Dog Songs begin in the small everyday moments familiar to all dog lovers and become, through her extraordinary vision, meditations on the world and our place in it.

Dog Songs includes visits with old friends, like Oliver’s most beloved dog Percy, and introduces still others in poems of love and laughter, heartbreak and grief. Throughout, the many dogs of Oliver’s life merge as fellow travelers and as guides, uniquely able to open our eyes to the lessons of the moment and the joys of nature and connection.

Reviews

Mary Oliver's Dog Songs is, plainly put, a lovely and accessible book of poems
The Rumpus
Oliver's capacity for simple ecstasy in response to the natural world remains
Time Out
Oliver . . . is one of our most adored poets, and a longtime lover of dogs. The popularity of [Dog Songs] feels as inevitable and welcome as a wagging tail upon homecoming
Boston Globe
Dog Songs . . . is a sweet golden retriever of a book that curls up with the reader
New York Times
Mary Oliver is a canine lover par excellence. Her combo of woman's best friend and poetry is utterly irresistible
Oprah.com
Dog Songs collects [Oliver's] most soul-stirring poems and short prose celebrating that special human-canine relationship and what it reveals about the meaning of our own lives
Brainpickings