Archives For Mary Oliver

 

 

Introductory Guide to the Poems of
Mary Oliver
With Sample Poems

Compiled by Madeline Cramer

 

American Primitive: Poems

While she published her first book of poetry at 28 in 1963 while living in the former home of the late poet Edna St. Vincent Millay (a primary influence on her work), it was her fourth book, American Primitive that received the Pultizer Prize for poetry in 1983.
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April is National Poetry Month! 

Although poetry is not easy read in our age of lightning-fast communications and instant gratification, it is an important way of learning to slow down and pay attention to the beauty and the brokenness of the world around us.
 
We all would do well to infuse our lives with more poetry!
 

Here are 10 new poetry books that will be released in 2017 and that we are super-excited about!

(Including collections by Christian Wiman, Mary Oliver, Tania Runyan, and MORE)
 
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Mary Oliver

Tomorrow (Sept. 10) is the birthday of poet Mary Oliver.

In honor of the occasion, we offer these videos of her reading her poems…

*** Books by Mary Oliver

Five Additional Poems
Read by Mary Oliver


The Summer Day



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Mary Oliver

The poet Mary Oliver, 79, was recently interviewed for On Being.

As part of that interview, she read five poems that were recorded, and are now available as MP3’s to stream or download!!!

We are delighted to share these poems here with you for your weekend listening pleasure…

CLICK HERE to listen to the full episode…

“Wild Geese”

(Found in the collection: Dream Work [ PRINT | KINDLE ] )

 
 
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Mary Oliver

This is a new weekly feature where we highlight 3 poems from a recent collection of poetry.

If you struggle to read poetry, I recommend checking out this little essay I wrote on why poetry is important.

“Like a rich and carefully crafted dessert, one must savor a poem in order to enjoy it fully—its images, its context, its sounds. A good poem is hospitable, inviting us to sit for awhile and enter into a conversation. Poetry, however, does not come naturally for us in our times; it is a discipline to which we must commit ourselves.”

This week’s collection of poems is:

Blue Horses: Poems

Mary Oliver

Hardback: The Penguin Press, 2014
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Poem #1: What I Can Do

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Humanity’s legacy of stories and storytelling is the most precious we have. All wisdom is in our stories and songs. A story is how we construct our experiences.”
Doris Lessing, novelist,
who was born on this date, 1919

 
Poem of the Day:
Song for Autumn
M
ary Oliver
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[ *** 5 Classic Autumn Poems *** ]

 

Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
Legends of the Fall: Stories
by Jim Harrison
ONLY $1.99!!!      [ Tweet this ]

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The Wake Up Call – October 22, 2014

“When I write, I put one foot in front of the other. It’s an act of faith.”
-Terry Tempest Williams
who was born on this day, 1955 
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Poem of the Day:
Summer Poem
by Mary Oliver  [ Tweet this ]

 

Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
Purity of Heart is To Will One Thing
by Soren Kierkegaard
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The Wake Up Call – September 8, 2014

Quote of the Day:
“All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.”
– Blaise Pascal, Born on this day 1623
 
Poem of the Day:
Summer Poem
by Mary Oliver

 
Kindle Ebook of the Day: 
Holy is the Day:
Living in the Gift of the Present

by Carolyn Weber – $2.99!!!

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The Wake Up Call – June 19, 2014

 

A lovely poem for Advent by Mary Oliver…

This poem is found in the collection:

Thirst: Poems
Mary Oliver

Paperback: Beacon, 2007
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Also, see Three Advent Poems by Madeleine L’Engle

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An excerpt from:

Dog Songs: Poems

Mary Oliver

Hardback: The Penguin Press, 2013
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This book was one of three collections of poems featured in last week’s list of new books to watch for.

Watch a video of Mary Oliver reading the poem “Little Dog’s Rhapsody in The Night” from this collection.

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