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Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver
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Mar 02, 12

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Read in March, 2012

I simply love Mary Oliver's poetry. Her attention to detail, her love of nature, her willingness to look for God in the grass and the animals - these things speak to me. I love that her poetry seldom (if ever) rhymes. I love that I can find my own cadence when reading her words - placing the emphasis I need on phrases - without losing the poet's original meaning.

How can you not love a book with lines like "how blue and tiny and redeemable everything is, even you,/ even your eyes, even your imagination."? Or a book that makes you see a lily being itself as an act of prayer?

If you're looking for a companion in contemplation, you can't do much better than Mary Oliver. She will encourage you to look closer, breathe slower and live in the present.
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