Published 13 years after New and Selected Poems Volume One, this second volume presents 42 new poems—an entire book in itself—along with works Mary Oliver selected from six books published since the first anthology, beginning with the 1994 collection White Pine.
"Oliver's poetry is of the Earth, and about the Earth, and as these poems give voice to the planet, they render human life more beautiful, more sentient, more meaningful."—ForeWord
"Oliver's poems are thoroughly convincing—as genuine, moving, and implausible as the first caressing breeze of spring."—NYTBR
"These are life-enhancing and redemptive poems that coax the sublime from the subliminal."—Poetry
"This big and very quotable collection offers more of what Oliver's fans revere: optimistic, clear and lyrical explorations of varying ecosystems (especially the birds, mammals, ponds and forests of the northeastern United States), mingled with rapt self-questioning, consolation and spiritual claims some might call prayers. One of the 42 new poems watches ravens on a 'morning of green tenderness and / rain'; others describe a mockingbird, a white heron, an obedient dog, tiger lilies, deer, terns, blueberry fields on Cape Cod (where Oliver lives) and a 'Mountain Lion on East Hill Road,' glimpsed just 'once, years ago'."—Publishers Weekly