Thanks in large part to the generous interventions of Scott Griffin (with whom your correspondent went to school in his callow youth), poetry has, in recent years, regained its rightful place in the pantheon of literature, and is benefiting from an overdue and well deserved resurgence.

No one has benefited more from this than the indestructible Mary Oliver, who continues to write, well into her eighties, and currently heads the pack. In her latest book, a personally compiled anthology over 400 pages long, drawn from her work since 1963, some of her most luminous poems have resurfaced to see another day. Despite its religious connotations, “Devotions” is anything but, and this handsome tome serves as a fitting, hand-picked memorial to a poet in her prime.


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