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Mary Oliver



Mary Oliver (1935–2019) was an American poet, teacher, speaker, editor, and prose writer who won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, as well as many other honors. Her prolific work is both inspired by and deeply celebratory of nature and how it intersects with the limits of the human world.

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Dog Songs, Mary Oliver

A collection of new and favorite poems, celebrating the dogs that have enriched the poet's world Beloved by her readers, special to the poet's own heart, Mary Oliver's dog poems offer a special window into her world.

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A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader

In these pages, some of today’s most wonderful culture-makers—writers, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and philosophers—reflect on the joys of reading, how books broaden and deepen human experience, and the ways in which the written word has formed their own character.

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Mary Oliver: Poet of Awe

Years before Mindfulness took the world by storm, inviting us to savor the moment, Mary Oliver had long been saying things like: “Attention is our endless and proper work,” “Attention is the beginning of devotion,” and “This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the...

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FindCenter Quotes ImageFinally I saw that everything had come to nothing. and gave it up. and took my old body and went out into the morning and sang.

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The Soul Is Here for Its Own Joy: Sacred Poems from Many Cultures

Robert Bly's ground-breaking anthology of spiritual poems, the result of over a decade of personal research, celebrates the ongoing role of the divine in literature.

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Mary Oliver Reads "The Summer Day" (Aka "The Grasshopper")

Mary Oliver reads her poem, "The Summer Day," Copyright 1990. "The Summer Day" first appeared in House of Light (Beacon Press, 1990), and has been reprinted in New and Selected Poems, Volume 1 (Beacon Press, 1992) and The Truro Bear and Other Adventures (Beacon Press, 2008).

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Our World

Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, is one of the most celebrated poets in America. Her partner Molly Malone Cook, who died in 2005, was a photographer and pioneer gallery owner.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageYou must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.

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Mary Oliver’s Poems Taught Me How to Live

"It is no exaggeration to say that Mary Oliver gave me the blueprint, the road map, for the rest of my life."

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Mary Oliver with Coleman Barks, 4 Aug 2001

Mary Oliver's poetry, with her lyrical connection to the natural world, has firmly established her in the highest realm of American poets. She is renowned for her evocative and precise imagery, which brings nature into clear focus, transforming the everyday world into a place of magic and discovery.

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