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

My Friend Walt Whitman

Published in Upstream: Selected Essays
Via Google Books

In Ohio, in the 1950s, I had a few friends who kept me sane, alert, and loyal to my own best and wildest inclinations. My town was no more or less congenial to the fact of poetry than any other small town in America – I make no special case of a solitary childhood. Estrangement from the mainstream of that time and place was an unavoidable precondition, no doubt, to the life I was choosing from among all the lives possible to me.

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