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White Pine by Mary Oliver
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Despite being slimmer than most volumes and the prose poems begin creeping in, there are so many awe-inducing bits full of death and wonder. The centerpiece, In Blackwater Woods, would be a devastating thing to read at a funeral. That was a recurring ...more
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The Tradition by Jericho Brown
"It's getting more dificult for me to read poetry because I find a lot of it lingers in very "middle of the road" territory, which is how I felt this one was. Jericho's writing is certainly pretty and I highlighted a lot of impactful lines, but I a..." Read more of this review »
White Pine by Mary Oliver
"Excellent. A second reading may bring it to five stars.

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8. The Garden

What I want to know, please, is
what is possible, and what is not.
If it is not, then I am for it.
My heart is out of its flesh-phase...
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White Pine by Mary Oliver
"Classic mid-career Oliver--full of warmth, optimism, and celebration of the natural world. Though not the greatest book in her catalogue, it's a consistent, comforting read."
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“America was a land of machines, and it was through machines, the miraculous handmaidens of mob culture, that the muses of illiteracy brought America her voice and vision during the years of the immigrants’ waves. Centuries ago, movable type had given literacy to the common man. Now, through these wondrous newer machines, he would give it back.”
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Me and the Devil by Nick Tosches
“They all fear death, but they want to hurry and cast away the time remaining between now and the grave. 'I can't wait till this day's over,' they say. 'I wish this week would end,' they say. 'I can't wait until next month,' they say. All of life they will ever know lies in the present breath that they are granted. But they, who would think us crazy for throwing away socks, throw away everything in their rush to obliterate their lives and be devoured all the sooner by their greatest fear. The end and its grave-mold. Their beginning is their end: a brief, nervous twitch of panic and dread, and nothing more.”
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More of John's books…
Robert M. Pirsig
“The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.”
Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Woody Allen
“I'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens.”
Woody Allen

Wendell Berry
“Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.”
Wendell Berry

William Faulkner
“Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.”
William Faulkner, Light in August

Saul Bellow
“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”
Saul Bellow, To Jerusalem and Back

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