15 November 2013

Mary Oliver has a new poetry book titled “Dog Songs.” It was released in October.

I did my 31 Days of Dogs in October.

Coincidence? I think not.

I love that Oliver doesn’t give a lot of interviews. She lets her work speak for itself. Of course, when your poetry wins the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, you can do that sort of thing. I was introduced to her collection “American Primitive” in college by Professor Ann Miller, who was rapturous about Oliver.

I haven’t written many dog poems. I wrote a dog column while I was doing the 31 Days. I guess you could classify my October blog posts as dog musings.

Oliver’s poems I’ve seen excerpted in reviews of “Dog Songs” are wonderful. In a rare interview with the New York Times, Oliver said, “Dogs are perfect companions. They don’t speak.”

Usually, I listen to a podcast while I walk my dogs, but I’ve kept it quiet these last few mornings. Clover and Polo have not complained.


  1. I’m on the library waiting list for her book. Looking forward to it!

    I was only recently introduced to her work and am glad for the introduction.

  2. follow up: The library texted that the book was in. I went and got it and we are reading several a night aloud here. Wally says if we keep it up we’ll be getting another dog. 🙂