Blue Iris: Poems and Essays
Boston: Beacon Press, October 2006. SIGNED by Oliver on the title page in the presence of this bookseller after a reading. Pictorial cover of Van Gogh's Blue Iris, courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art. First softcover printing. In Blue Iris, Mary Oliver collects ten new poems, two dozen of her poems written over the last two decades, and two previously unpublished essays on the beauty and wonder of plants. The poet considers roses, of course, as well as poppies and peonies; lilies and morning glories; the thick-bodied black oak and the fragrant white pine; the tall sunflower and the slender bean.
8½ x 6¼". 75 pp. 0807068837. Tiny dent to bottom edge, else Fine in softwrappers.