Poetry, Reading Guides, VOLUME 10

Mary Oliver – Introductory Guide to Her Poetry


Introductory Guide to the Poems of
Mary Oliver
With Sample Poems

Compiled by Madeline Cramer



Dream Work

Her next book Dream Work followed chronologically (1986) and thematically as it demonstrates to a reader her deep sense of creation and destruction as a fragile yet tenacious double-sided coin. We don’t live in an “easy” world, she specifies in an interview with Krista Tippet on the podcast “On Being.” However, the poem “Morning Poem” shows that she does believe us to live in a fearfully, mystically beautiful one.


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IMAGE CREDIT: Molly Malone Cook, from the cover of New and Selected Poems, Volume One


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