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Upstream: Selected Essays (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2016; vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: Mary Oliver (Tekijä)

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"'In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be.' So begins Upstream, a collection of essays in which beloved poet Mary Oliver reflects on her willingness, as a young child and as an adult, to lose herself within the beauty and mysteries of both the natural world and the world of literature. Emphasizing the significance of her childhood 'friend' Walt Whitman, through whose work she first understood that a poem is a temple, 'a place to enter, and in which to feel,' and who encouraged her to vanish into the world of her writing, Oliver meditates on the forces that allowed her to create a life for herself out of work and love. As she writes, 'I could not be a poet without the natural world. Someone else could. But not me. For me the door to the woods is the door to the temple.' Upstream follows Oliver as she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her, and the responsibility she has inherited from Shelley, Wordsworth, Emerson, Poe, and Frost, the great thinkers and writers of the past, to live thoughtfully, intelligently, and to observe with passion. Throughout this collection, Oliver positions not just herself upstream but us as well as she encourages us all to keep moving, to lose ourselves in the awe of the unknown, and to give power and time to the creative and whimsical urges that live within us"--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Upstream: Selected Essays
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Info:Penguin Books (2019), Edition: Reprint, 192 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 18) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Lovely, dense, serious. Imagery that made me catch my breath ("Great blue herons, like angels carved by Giacometti..."). An especially fine one about the demands made by one's art, "wrestling with the angel." "If I have an appointment with you at three o' clock, rejoice if I am late. Rejoice even more if I do not come at all." A lot of nature writing can be summed up as "isn't nature pretty." These are not quite like that. Persist and you will be rewarded. ( )
  JulieStielstra | May 17, 2021 |
Having read only Oliver's poetry, I didn't know what to expect from these essays. Much of the book, divided into five sections, reads like prose versions of her poems. Her walks through the woods, along the shore. Essays about watching a spider hatch eggs and devour a grasshopper, and another about a wounded bird, were stunning. In others she seems to be looking back at her life, and forward into her remaining time, and reconciling them. Her insights, her language are breathtaking. There are also surprises, essays about other writers. Who would have thought she would be such a fan of Poe? ( )
  Katester123 | Sep 17, 2020 |
Oliver combines essays about nature with essays about (primarily) American authors who wrote about nature in this thoughtful and interesting collection. It took me a little bit to ease into it--I think there's a specific way of approaching nature writing that I'm resistant to that this book engages in, and it took a little getting used to. (It's a kind of nature writing that sees the return to nature as absolutely necessary without examination about the kinds of limitations and different relationships people of different identities have to nature.) But I think there are definitely things to take away and by the end I was caught along enough to be able to appreciate it. I don't know that this was the best place to start with Mary Oliver's work--I'm looking forward to trying her poems, rather than these essays--but the essays were often beautiful and interesting to read. ( )
  aijmiller | Apr 7, 2020 |
Summary: A collection of essays on nature and literary figures and how we might both lose and understand ourselves as we interact with them.

One of my reading goals of 2020 is to read some of the work of Mary Oliver, who I only learned of upon her death in 2019. One of the facts that made her even more interesting to me was that she was born in Maple Heights, Ohio, a small suburb on the southeast side of Cleveland. The fact that she was an Ohio-born author makes her of interest to me. The fact that I lived for nine years in Maple Heights makes her doubly interesting.

What I discovered in these essays was a writer not unlike Annie Dillard in her reflections on nature, but one who could do just as much in far fewer words. Perhaps that is the discipline of being a poet. Every word matters. She writes of trees, and wild flowers, connects them to her writing life, and to life itself. The first, and title essay ends with this striking aphorism that I will probably chew on the rest of 2020: "Attention is the beginning of devotion."

She writes as well about literary figures, particularly in moving terms about Walt Whitman who was a model to her as she began writing poetry. The others are Emerson, Poe, and Wordsworth--romantics and transcendentalists--those who (Emerson and Wordsworth at least) connected goodness in nature and humanity, and access to the ultimate through our intuitions of the world. For Poe, it is the wild argument of everyone of us against the universe.

In "Staying Alive" we learn about her perspective that moved from nature and walks with a succession of dogs in the course of life to her interior world (and back again):

"I learned to build bookshelves and brought books to my room, gathering them around me thickly. I read by day and into the night. I thought about perfectibility, and deism, and adjectives, and clouds, and the foxes. I locked my door, from the inside, and leaped from the roof and went to the woods, by day or darkness."

"Power and Time" explores the creative and intellectual work of a writer, and the loyalty to the work required of the writer. At other times, she arrests our attention with the things she has seen in her meanderings--the beauty of a bluefish, the wonders of a pond, or a ponderous turtle, from which she takes some but not all eggs, enough for a meal. One essay, "Swoon," describes the life of a household spider, laying eggs, feeding on a trapped cricket, and the "billowing forth" of tiny spiders.

"Building the House" seems a metaphor for the passages of one's life. Oliver describes building a small house by herself out of salvaged materials, writing a few poems there, and then being done with it. She remarks on her transition from the "busyness of the body" to "the tricks of the mind" perhaps tracing the journey we all take from the vitality of youth to the ponderings of later years that might be mistaken for wisdom.

Nature, the life of writing poetry and communing with the works of others, the physical business of living, all reflect Oliver's own quest for the transcendent. In "Winter Hours" she concludes:

"I could not be a poet without the natural world. Someone else could. But not me. For me the door to the woods is the door to the temple."

The arc of Mary Oliver's life, which began in Maple Heights, Ohio, was mostly lived out with her partner of over 40 years, M (Molly Malone Cook) in Provincetown, Massachusetts, until her final years in Florida. The collection concludes with a description of the glory and decline of this fishing town into a tourist attraction and her gratitude for life in this place:

"I don't know if I am heading toward heaven or that other, dark place, but I know I have already lived in heaven for fifty years. Thank you, Provincetown." ( )
  BobonBooks | Jan 13, 2020 |
I liked it a lot. ( )
  bkfriesen | Jan 7, 2020 |
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"'In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be.' So begins Upstream, a collection of essays in which beloved poet Mary Oliver reflects on her willingness, as a young child and as an adult, to lose herself within the beauty and mysteries of both the natural world and the world of literature. Emphasizing the significance of her childhood 'friend' Walt Whitman, through whose work she first understood that a poem is a temple, 'a place to enter, and in which to feel,' and who encouraged her to vanish into the world of her writing, Oliver meditates on the forces that allowed her to create a life for herself out of work and love. As she writes, 'I could not be a poet without the natural world. Someone else could. But not me. For me the door to the woods is the door to the temple.' Upstream follows Oliver as she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her, and the responsibility she has inherited from Shelley, Wordsworth, Emerson, Poe, and Frost, the great thinkers and writers of the past, to live thoughtfully, intelligently, and to observe with passion. Throughout this collection, Oliver positions not just herself upstream but us as well as she encourages us all to keep moving, to lose ourselves in the awe of the unknown, and to give power and time to the creative and whimsical urges that live within us"--

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