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American Primitive by Mary Oliver
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May 20, 09

bookshelves: author-f, poems
Read in May, 2009


On one hand, she does what she does so well -- and how does she manage it? To do the same thing, over and over, but to do it in such a way that you either don't notice or can't begrudge her for it?

On the other hand, because she does what she does so well, I find that I have less patience with her than I probably ought to when she deviates from her usual territory or when the verses start to get repetitive. Which made this sort of a frustrating reading experience, even if she is probably singlehandedly responsible for turning whole generations of ordinary folk into mystics.

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