Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver returns to form with her latest collection, Blue Horses. I found Dog Songs disappointing, but having followed Oliver’s career for several years, I know that she not only loves animals, but she had recently suffered a rending loss, and perhaps she just wasn’t up to her usual strength.
Blue Horses does not disappoint. It spills over with observations, sometimes awe-filled, sometimes humorous, about the natural world, her relationship with the God behind creation, and love. If you seek modern poetry that is more than prose arranged on a page to look like a poem, if you want poetry that digs beneath the surface of things to the substance of life, then you need look no further than Blue Horses.