Spring Into Summer with Mary Oliver's "Red Bird"!
Spring Into Summer with Mary Oliver's "Red Bird"!

Red Bird, acclaimed poet Mary Oliver's twelfth book of poetry, makes for perfect late spring/early summer reading!

The sixty-one new poems—the most ever in a single volume of Oliver's work—includes a cycle of eleven linked love poems—a dazzling achievement. As in all of Mary Oliver's work, the pages overflow with her keen observation of the natural world and her gratitude for its gifts, for the many people she has loved in her seventy years, as well as for her disobedient dog, Percy. Here, too, is commentary on the degradation of the Earth and the denigration of the peoples of the world by those who love power.

In her review of Red Bird in The Christian Science Monitor (April 15, 2008) Elizabeth Lund wrote, "Last April, Book Sense's poetry bestseller list included two titles by Billy Collins. This year the Top 5 can be summed up in six words: Mary Oliver, Mary Oliver, Mary Oliver. Oliver's impressive feat reflects both an enduring popularity and an unparalleled ability to touch readers on a deep, almost primal level."

Published by Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)-owned Beacon Press in April, Red Bird remains on the Book Sense hardcover fiction bestseller lists around the U.S. Oliver, who delivered the Ware Lecture at the UUA General Assembly in 2006, is also the subject of an upcoming profile in the June issue of Town and Country magazine. Buy Red Bird now and get ready for wonderful spring-into-summer reading!

For more information contact beacon@uua.org.

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