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Mary Oliver Essays – 10 Prose Selections to Read for Free Online!

Mary Oliver Essays

Today, September 10, is the birthday of Mary Oliver, the late poet and nature writer!

In addition to being a renowned poet, she also published numerous essays. A collection of many of these Mary Oliver essays was published in 2016: Upstream: Selected Essays.

In honor of Mary Oliver’s birthday, we offer the following list of ten of the finest Mary Oliver essays that can be read online (a few of these are not the full essay, but a significant excerpt)!

Enjoy these essays!!!

Video Clips of
Mary Oliver
Reading Her Poems

“Staying Alive”

Published in Upstream: Selected Essays
Excerpted by BrainPickings

I learned to build bookshelves and brought books to my room, gathering them around me thickly. I read by day and into the night. I thought about perfectibility, and deism, and adjectives, and clouds, and the foxes. I locked my door, from the inside, and leaped from the roof and went to the woods, by day or darkness.

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I read my books with diligence, and mounting skill, and gathering certainty. I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life. I wrote that way too.

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