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eBook God of Dirt: Mary Oliver and the Other Book of God ePub

by Thomas W. Mann

  • ISBN: 1561012610
  • Category: History and Criticism
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Thomas W. Mann
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 25, 2004)
  • Pages: 77
  • ePub book: 1296 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1491 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 760

Description

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for American Primitive, Mary Oliver has published twelve books of poetry and five books of essays. Her poems are quoted in everything from Web sites to hymn books. Earthlight, a “Magazine of Spiritual Ecology,” has declared her an “earth saint.”In this engaging study, Mann shows Oliver to have keen eyes and ears for reading the book of nature. Readers will discover that the correspondence between Oliver's poetry and traditional religious language provides a fresh perspective from which to enjoy her work. Here there is a god, but one who at first seems unrecognizable, at least to Judeo-Christian religious tradition. We know of the “God of heaven,” and even the “God of heaven and earth,” but a god of dirt?Oliver's reading of the Other Book of God invites us into nature's “temple” where we may come into the presence of the holy and from which we may leave rejuvenated and blessed. God of Dirt is an important study of a contemporary poet whose work is as likely to be read by a preacher in a pulpit as by an activist at an environmental rally, and will help us experience a new vision of the beauty of our world.

Comments

Hugifyn Hugifyn
Very disappointing. Not at all what I expected.
Kelerana Kelerana
I'm sure for those who don't already use the natural world as a sacred text this is a valuable resource, for me it was aggravating. It fell short of what my relationship with the world is. Mann does write with respect and awe for the world, but there's an underlying tone I'm not so sure about.
Bludsong Bludsong
Very, very academic. Lots of academic cites. A slow read. Much like a thesis.
Samugul Samugul
Recently I re-read God of Dirt and found it to be just what I need as a reminder and course correction for too much wintry introspection and self-analysis. It recalls me to myself in the best sense, as Mary Oliver's poetry does, by helping me to look beyond myself to my relationship with all life. It recalls me to astonishment and to "my place in the family of things." Tom Mann's writing is a brilliant synthesis and wise articulation of Oliver's poetic insight. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to awaken(over and over again) to the sacredness of the earth.
Bynelad Bynelad
This book enabled me to discover that the correspondence between Oliver's poetry and traditional religious language provides a fresh perspective from which to enjoy her work.

God of Dirt is an important study of a contemporary poet whose work is as likely to be read by a preacher in a pulpit as by an activist at an environmental rally, and will help us experience a new vision of the beauty of our world