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House of Light by Mary Oliver
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Apr 15, 2012

really liked it
Read from March 27 to April 15, 2012

I tend to like poetry that is lyric and ornamental, and that hypnotizes me with its pure language. Mary Oliver is a bit more matter of fact than that, though I allow much of her imagery and language is beautiful. In a sense she is an essayist, in the original sense used by Montaigne, of weighing or assaying pr questioning what one thinks of things. But instead of arriving on a view in an intellectual sense, she presents a view in the sense of actual seeing. She started to win me over as I learned how to read her voice which goes into astonishing places, a voice that becomes what it beholds.

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