New and Selected Poems | Critical Essay by Emily Grosholz

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Critical Essay by Emily Grosholz

[Twelve Moons is a] book whose subject is nature and the place of human creature in it. When Oliver holds to her sense of respectful distance, the poems succeed very well; only when that hold slips do they become too anthropomorphic and sentimental, too much like animal fables. The poet lives in Provincetown and clearly spends a great deal of time outdoors, as one imagines Annie Dillard, covering miles of fields and woods, then halting, motionless, attentive, for hours, "Entering the Kingdom."… The figure of the crows [in this poem] tells the ambiguity of her position, for they are at once mythologized (as the angel at the gates of Eden) and yet, having been given a voice, they contradict their own speech, telling her how strange she is within the kingdom, how little entitled to her attributions of discourse...

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