An "astonishing" book of poetry from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Primitive and "one of our very best poets" (Stephen Dobyns, The New York Times Book Review ) Dream Work, a collection of forty-five poems, follows Mary Oliver's Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry volume American Primitive . The deep perceptual awareness on display in that collection is all the more radiant and steadfast here . With this new collection, Oliver has turned her attention to the solitary and difficult labors of the spirit-to accepting the truth about one's personal world, and to valuing the triumphs while transcending the fail--ures of human relationships. Oliver brings grace and empathy to the painful legacies of history, whether by way of inheritance-as in her poem about the Holocaust--or through a glimpse into the realities of present-as in her poem about an injured boy begging in the streets of Indonesia. And yet, Oliver's willingness to find light, humanity, and joy continues, deepened by self-awareness, by experience, and by choice.