While I was blissfully meandering in a bookstore in Seattle, I stumbled upon Mary Oliver’s Dog Songs. I find her work to be meditative, insightful, and beautiful, and this slender volume about dogs did not disappoint.
Some of the poems seem to be simple, lyrical observations, but gradually you find yourself drawn into contemplations about life, love, and the simple joys and sorrows of being. I read the whole book in a single quiet afternoon, my dogs sleeping at my feet — and in hindsight, I cannot think of a more restorative way to spend a Saturday. Oliver’s keen eye and unabashed incorporation of nature into the fiber of her life make Dog Songs a unique entry in the canine companion poetry milieu. A quietly moving read.