Felicity by Mary Oliver


Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, celebrates love in her new collection of poems  “If I have any secret stash of poems, anywhere, it might be about love, not anger,” Mary Oliver once said in an interview. Finally, in her stunning new collection, Felicity, we can immerse ourselves in Oliver’s love poems. Here, great happiness abounds.  Our most delicate chronicler of physical landscape, Oliver has described her work as loving the...

Details Felicity

Release DateOct 13th, 2015
PublisherPenguin Press
GenrePoetry, Nonfiction, Environment, Nature

Reviews Felicity

  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    While a number of verses were questionably poetic, some gems are in here as well:Q:Things take the time they take. Don’tworry (c)Q:Some words will never leave God’s mouth,no matter how hard you listen. (c)Q:Do the trees speak back to the windwhen the wind offers some invitational comment? (c)Q:All important ideas must include the trees,the mountains, and the rivers. (c)Q:The point is, you’re you, and that’s for keeps. (c)Q:Love is the one...
  • Cathrine
    Oh reach into the night sky and hand me 5 starsso I can give you a 10 star review!
  • Jeannie
    I really enjoy Mary Oliver's poetry. She writes a lot about nature and animals. This book has poems about love. They are beautiful. I Don't Want to LoseI don't want to lose a single threadfrom the intricate brocade of this happiness.I want to remember everything.Which is why I'm lying awake, sleepybut not sleepy enough to give it up.Just now, a moment from a year ago:the early morning light, the deft, sweetgesture of your hand reaching for me.
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    This isn't where I would start with Mary Oliver, and it pains me to give this collection only 3 stars. But they are a bit thin on connection and insight compared to her normal works.Here is my favorite:MomentsThere are moments that cry out to be fulfilled.Like, telling someone you love them.Or giving your money away, all of it.Your heart is beating, isn't it?You're not in chains, are you?There is nothing more pathetic than cautionwhen headlong mi...
  • Ammara Abid
    Humility Poems arrive ready to begin.Poets are only the transportation.For Tom Shaw S.S.J.E. (1945–2014) Where has this cold come from?“It comes from the death of your friend.”Will I always, from now on, be this cold?“No, it will diminish. But alwaysit will be with you.”What is the reason for it?“Wasn’t your friendship always as beautifulas a flame?”
  • Maria
    Things take the time they take. Don'tworry.How many roads did St. Augustine followbefore he became St. Augustine?That is how Mary Oliver starts The Journey, the first part of her latest book that goes by the name of Felicity. How brilliantly appropriate, wouldn't you say? Reading this first poem titled Don't Worry on the very first day of a new year. Makes you think about the urgency of the resolutions whispered before midnight...Mary Oliver's vo...
  • Mahsa
    It seems you love this world very much.“Yes,” I said. “This beautiful world.”And you don’t mind the mind, that keeps youbusy all the time with its dark and bright wonderings?“No, I’m quite used to it. Busy, busy,all the time.”And you don’t mind living with those questions,I mean the hard ones, that no one can answer?“Actually, they’re the most interesting.”And you have a person in your life whose handyou like to hold?“Ye...
  • David J
    This is the fourth collection of Mary Oliver poems I've read and I'm still completely in awe.
  • James
    Mary Oliver's latest collection is a rumination on love. Unfortunately, it takes her away from the natural world, searching a bit more in the ephemeral. Her strongest work has always been about looking at little moments and finding deeper meaning there. Without that connection to the physical world, there is something just self-helpy and feel good without feeling substantial. There are, of course, some beautiful moments because she's a wonderful ...
  • Martha
    I so enjoyed this "fix" of Mary Oliver's poetry. It is spare but never sparse, and full of awe. This explores love. As I read my heart rate slowed and a great, thinking calm came over me.
  • Diane Barnes
    I prefer her poems about nature, but still, these are just beautiful. A surprise find at the library when I went in to renew my card.
  • Clara Biesel
    How have I lived my life without Mary Oliver? I read this book in one sitting, but I will read it again and again. She reminds me of Annie Dillard, in that she lets me feel like I am not too extreme in my responses to the world. Any advice on which of her collections read next?
  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    3.5 stars. The first section "The Journey" was wonderful. The second, mostly love poems, wasn't quite my thing. Still not sure what my taste in poetry really is, but I suspect love poems are not it.
  • Kathleen
    The word “felicity” has multiple meanings, and here Mary Oliver certainly displays both “intense happiness” and plenty of “apt expressions.” 80 years old when this was published, these poems reflect a lightness, as if she’s shedding previously held beliefs, distilling ideas down to their essence, laughing a bit at life, unafraid.Most in this collection have that quiet intensity that I expected from Oliver. A few didn’t touch me, b...
  • Les
    Every April, I have great intentions of reading a lot of poetry for National Poetry Month, but I rarely succeed. This year, I paid a visit to my library and came home with several collections from a variety of poets: Mary Oliver, Ursula Le Guin, Billy Collins and Marge Piercy. I dipped into a few, but it wasn't until I picked up Felicity that I felt like I had found something I could honestly say I enjoyed. I'm not a huge fan of poetry, but Mary ...
  • Mindy
    Please take my rating with a grain of salt. I don't know that I have ever read a book of poetry, it's never really been my thing. So I can only rate by my feelings. Recently Mary Oliver passed away and many people posted examples of her poetry on Instagram. I really enjoyed reading through all the examples. I didn't even know Oliver was a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, which shows my lack of knowledge about poets. I picked up the first book I could...
  • Pamela
    "Beauty can both shout and whisper, and still/ it explains nothing."I am a fan of Mary Oliver and was thrilled to receive this book from Goodreads as a first-reads giveaway. So many of Oliver's poems lay down a moment and then end with an unexpected line that works like a perfect meditation, which is why I love her work. This collection is focused around God, nature, and love split into three parts entitled The Journey, Love, and Felicity. The Jo...
  • Alexandria Joy
    From That Little Beast"But sometimes, when I'm thinking about you,and no doubt smiling,it sits down quietly, one paw under its chin,and just listens."So, so pretty.
  • Beth Bonini
    If pressed to name a favourite contemporary poet, Mary Oliver is nearly always the name I reach for. To be honest, though, this is not her strongest collection. It’s surprisingly lightweight - both in the structure and complexity of the poems. Some of the poems, especially those which focus on love and kissing, are actually a bit (I feel bad about saying this) banal. I think of Mary Oliver primarily as a nature poet. She has a notable sense of ...
  • Alec Lurie
    Some really great poems about love, earth, and life in general. It's a little Jesus-y though.
  • andy
    Mary OliverSeptember 10, 1935 - January 17, 2019I couldn't hold back the tears when I learned about Mary Oliver today.I love her. Her beautiful work is as important as that of Whitman or Dickinson to me. I went on thru the books I've read of her, but I couldn't choose a favorite. This. No, no, this and so I started reading Felicity. Here it was, in front of me. I Am Pleased to Tell You. Mr. Death did not steal Mary Oliver from us today. I Am Plea...
  • Arlitia Jones
    This is the last book I will read in 2016. I chose it specifically because it is a book about love and gratitude and engaging with the world, our fellow humans, the trees, the clouds, the dolphins and it's everything we need at the close of this dark passage. Thank you Mary Oliver. I am ready for connection, for a headlong life. 2017, you unknown expanse of time and happening, new books and true hearts, I promise to defend, fight, cherish, resist...
  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    FELICITYWritten by Mary Oliver2015; 96 PagesGenre: poetry★★★★★(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)I heart Mary Oliver! I discovered this poet last year and I have loved every poem she has written. There is something so innocent yet realistic. I enjoy reading the poetry out loud as the words are so beautifully put together. She has become not just a favourite writer but someone I look to for inspiratio...
  • Emily Graham
    On the cusp of a two star rating, but I think my dissatisfaction largely stems from the distance between my mid-twenties existence and her contented reflection from the happy vantage of eighty odd years.
  • Akylina
    A very beautiful collection of poems which were inspired by nature, personal experiences and life itself. The images they evoked were marvelous and the language the poet used was mesmerising. An instant favourite.A copy was very kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley.
  • Linda
    I really enjoyed this book of poetry. Still reading some again, and will buy it soon.
  • Darren
    I won this book as part of a giveaway on a site called read it forward. It is a book of poems. I enjoyed reading it. They are well written poems. I hope to read more books by this author.
  • Jackie
    well i have cried through this from start to finish! i got this out from the library last week because i finally decided to read mary oliver for the first time (outside of knowing and loving ‘wild geese’ of course) and i love her. i feel like i’m looking at the world through much more curious and loving eyes. what an incredible poet. her reluctant love poems can end all love poems.