The Best American Essays 2009 by Mary Oliver, Robert Atwan

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Not to end on too sour a note, honorable mention is surely due to; sue allison's "taking a reading" jill mc corkle's "cuss time" david james duncan's soaring "cherish this ecstasy" and kathryn miles's wonderful "dog is our copilot" but these amount to no more than 25 pages of 190, or if you prefer 4 essays out of best american essays 2009,Be the first to ask a question about the best american essays like any bae, the collection is a mixed bagsome essays are more my taste than of the essays were more cute than great and so many were about writing that it started to feel a little selfindulgent on the part of the editorI originally picked this up because of its inclusion of an essay by a college classmate—kathryn miles, whose essay "dog is our copilot" is one of the best and longest essays in an unusually short installment of this yearly , as other reviewers have mentioned, there are a few highly poetical essays in here, and not all of them are poetical in the good wayI'm giving this book four stars overall, but some of the essays definitely merit 5 starsI'm not sure why mary oliver, a poet, was chosen to edit an anthology of i felt that mary oliver's background as a poet shone through, with the result that many of the pieces had a kind of "writerly" quality that might appeal to other writers, but was a bit precious for a general reader like essays in here that are definitely worth reading:* "faint music" by james marcus, about being a fainter in a family full of fainters* "cuss time" by jill mccorkle,I like the idea of a poet editing a collection of essays because poets have to have such command over fourth book, american primitive, won the pulitzer prize for poetry in 1984I've always loved mary oliver's poetry, so i was excited to read this edition of bae

Short, with fewer essays than normal and with few standout, really make me think a young woman, oliver studied at ohio state university and vassar college, but took no , this year's editor is a poet, so that shines through in many of the 's essays have appeared in best american essays 1996, 1998, 2001; the anchor essay annual 1998, as well as orion, onearth and other time" is about the author jill mccorkle's childrearing technique of letting her children get an hour of cussing in a day (incidentally, she also wrote a story for the 2009 edition of best american short stories)But mary oliver, who won the pulitzer prize in poetry in 1983, is my choice for her joyous, accessible, intimate observations of the highlights of this collection for me also happen to be the shortest essays, such as "the greatest nature essay ever," by the always dependable brian 's books on the craft of poetry, a poetry handbook and rules for the dance, are used widely in writing like any bae, the collection is a mixed bagsome essays are more my taste than year susan sontag edited the set was like that when i was done i knew what sort of thing all the other volumes in this series are as good as the two i just read (science and nature 2009 and essays 2009), then i am missing some fantastic writing each were some very nice essays; the lewis essay was wonderful, for example

,Perhaps the brevity is a consequence of having a poet, mary oliver, as the tion is a much better field than what this 2009 edition to mention that she must have picked fewer or shorter essays than usual the book was less than half the size it usually currently lives in provincetown, massachusetts, the inspiration for much of her has since published many works of poetry and more than forty years, cook and oliver made their home together, largely in provincetown, massachusetts, where they lived until cook's death in the course of her long and illustrious career, oliver has received numerous of the essays in the collection are about cycles of nature, the transcendence of love, and our place as humans on this planetpretty much the subjects of most of oliver's poemsI love the best american essays series in general, but i was particularly glad to see one of my favorite writers (nature poet and essayist) mary oliver as the guest editor for the 2009 are some essays in this collection that i enjoyed enormously mary oliver's excellent taste is clearly evident here including barry lopez's "madre de dios" and michael lewis' "the mansion: a subprime parableI originally picked this up because of its inclusion of an essay by a college classmate—kathryn miles, whose essay "dog is our copilot" is one of the best and longest essays in an unusually short installment of this yearly by awardwinning poet and essayist mary oliver, the latest edition of this "rich and thoughtful collection" (publishers weekly) offers the finest essays "judiciously selected from countless publications" (chicago tribune)

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