Upstream: Selected Essays
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Upstream: Selected Essays


Comprising a selection of essays, Upstream finds beloved poet Mary Oliver reflecting on her astonishment and admiration for the natural world and the craft of writing.  

As she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, finding solace and safety within the woods, and the joyful and rhythmic beating of wings, Oliver intimately shares with her readers her quiet discoveries, boundless curiosity, and exuberance for the grandeur of our world. 

This radiant collection of her work, with some pieces published here for the first time, reaffirms Oliver as a passionate and prolific observer whose thoughtful meditations on spiders, writing a poem, blue fin tuna, and Ralph Waldo Emerson inspire us all to discover wonder and awe in life's smallest corners.

Title:Upstream: Selected Essays
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:178 pages

    Upstream: Selected Essays Reviews

  • Diane S ?
    Sep 28, 2016

    4.5 I have read her poetry for years, she in one of my favorites but until this book I never knew she was an essayist. The beautiful writing and thoughts that are expressed in her poetry are also expr...

  • Cathrine ??
    Nov 14, 2016

    4★If you were to take a walk upstream what would you notice?Exploring the twin pleasures of writing literature with essays on Whitman, Wordsworth, Poe, and Emerson and then the observations of the n...

  • Dannii Elle
    Aug 30, 2016

    Actual rating 4.5 stars.I received this book in exchange from an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, Mary Oliver, and the publisher, Penguin Press, for this opportunity.This is a se...

  • Diane Barnes
    Nov 09, 2016

    I've always loved her poetry, but, until now, never read any prose by Mary Oliver. Her writing is wonderful and peaceful and cleansing. Magic....

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Oct 10, 2016

    Mary Oliver can do no wrong in her poetry. She is one of my favorite voices, reflecting on nature, reflecting on relationships. She is happy to live a life that isn't well-traveled, but rather one tha...

  • Jamie
    Dec 22, 2016

    Incredibly beautiful and just awe-inspiring how she was able to express her passion for literature and nature within such small essays. Certain essays were written so vividly, that I felt right there ...

  • Jennifer
    Oct 23, 2016

    "I quickly found for myself two such blessings -- the natural world, and the world of writing: literature. These were the gates through which I vanished through a difficult place."In in this exquisite...

  • Dana
    Nov 29, 2016

    Mary Oliver's essays, like her poems, are a soothing balm for the soul....

  • Ariel
    Sep 24, 2016

    In her essay collection, Upstream, Mary Oliver sets us on a trail through forest and by shore as she expertly layers in experience and thought from essay to essay. A collection of three parts, the lat...

  • Julie
    Feb 13, 2017

    I have a weird relationship with Mary Oliver. I own, and have read, several of her books. Most of them are poetry, but a couple of them are essay collections (as Upstream is). I generally like most of...

About Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. See this thread for more information.“In a region that has produced most of the nation's poet laureates, it is risky to single out one fragile 71-year-old bard of Provincetown. But Mary Oliver, who won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 1983, is my choice for her joyous, accessible, intimate observations of the na