Mary Oliver


Born
in Maple Heights, OH, The United States
September 10, 1935

Died
January 17, 2019

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“In a region that has produced most of the nation's poet laureates, it is risky to single out one fragile 71-year-old bard of Provincetown. But Mary Oliver, who won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 1983, is my choice for her joyous, accessible, intimate observations of the natural world. Her Wild Geese has become so popular it now graces posters in dorm rooms across the land. But don't hold that against her. Read almost anything in New and Selected Poems. She teaches us the profound act of paying attention—a living wonder that makes it possible to appreciate all the others.”

—Renée Loth, Boston Globe, September 2, 2007



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More books by Mary Oliver…
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
Mary Oliver

“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
Mary Oliver

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”
Mary Oliver

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Who is your favorite poet? (add to this list if needed)

 
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Emily Dickinson
 
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Robert Frost (write-in)
 
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Wallace Stevens (write-in)
 
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Seamus Heaney (write-in)
 
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anne sexton (write-in)
 
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Andrea Gibson (write-in)
 
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Hart Crane (write-in)
 
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Dylan Thomas (write-in)
 
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Dante (write-in)
 
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Jack Kerouac (write-in)
 
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Lewis Carroll (write-in)
 
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Alexander Pope (write-in)
 
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