her white teeth, Her books frequently appeared on the best-seller list of the Poetry Foundation, which uses data from Nielsen BookScan, a service that tracks book sales, putting her on a par with Billy Collins, the former poet laureate of the United States, as one of the best-selling poets in the country. “Let me keep my distance, always, from those who think they have the answers. Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?”, “Today I'm flying low and I'm not saying a word. “But you miss a lot by allowing the large language to overshadow the more muted connective tissue. The poems are listed in reverse order with the most recent poems first and the earliest poems last. In an extraction of eleven poems from her collection of new poems from 2005, Oliver bade us pay attention to the natural world in every season. Her prose books include two about the craft of poetry, “Rules for the Dance” (1998) and “A Poetry Handbook” (1994), and “Long Life: Essays and Other Writings” (2004). http://www.theeverchanginghome.comReplyCancel, Thank you! Leaving home as a teenager — she would study briefly at Ohio State University and Vassar College but took no degree — Ms. Oliver spontaneously drove to Steepletop, Edna St. Vincent Millay’s former home in Austerlitz, N.Y., near the Massachusetts border. Like Liked by 1 person. thanks. But as I've come to read more of her work over the past 15 years, Mary Oliver has indeed captured my heart. There’s currant of understanding in the words that she writes, that love requires work and paying attention and a never-ending trial of learning and leaning into “new ways to love”. Oliver makes it so easy to be welcomed in. Goodreads Employees Share Their Summer Reading Plans. With Mary Oliver's recent passing, I wanted to read her selected poems in order to see why she was so popular and also to find enjoyment in them as well. I'm letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. My darling girl woke up early this morning and finished the last of her Valentine’s, each asymmetrical, hand-painted heart proudly signed in black ink with “STELLA” in uppercase letters. Then forget it.Then, love the world.”, “Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going.”, “But I also say this: that light is an invitation to happiness, and that happiness, when it's done right, is a kind of holiness, palpable and redemptive. A prolific writer with more than 20 volumes of verse to her credit, Ms. Oliver received a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for her collection “American Primitive,” published by Little, Brown & Company. highly recommended. And it was my salvation.”. “Her corpus is deceptively elementary,” the writer Alice Gregory says in an essay on the website of the Poetry Foundation. Her other poetry collections include “The River Styx, Ohio” (1972), “House of Light” (1990), “The Leaf and the Cloud” (2000), “Evidence” (2009), “Blue Horses” (2014) and “Felicity” (2015). She was beaming. January is the mark of a new year, the month of resolutions, new beginnings, potential, and possibility. I wish, though, that the collection had been put in chronological order instead of reverse chronological -- I would have rather enjoyed seeing how her work evolved as I dipped in and out of the collection. keeping it forever. « FAQ & Reader Interest…All-Natural Owie Balm Stick », I’ve been meaning to read Mary Oliver’s poetry for ages. She wrote about perhaps uncool things like God and the natural world and has been called “earnest” amongst other patronizing things. this held a lot of poems i am familiar with as it is a selection from previous publications, but reading them again with the eyes of someone who has now been sitting with mary oliver a few hours a week was an enitrely new experience. This lovely book of poems spans 52 years, from 1963-2015. It’s pulling and tugging pants up six little legs before pulling up your own before church. Love is persistence and showing up. Thank you for sharing it!ReplyCancel, What a touching poem. Tell about it.”, “to live in this worldyou must be ableto do three thingsto love what is mortal;to hold itagainst your bones knowingyour own life depends on it;and, when the time comes to let it go,to let it go”, “You must not ever stop being whimsical. like a red fire touching the grass, the cold water. Paying such crude attention will not grant you the fortifying effects Oliver has to offer.”. We’d love your help. “Love is for children who remind us the importance of being present, for husbands who shine a light on our truths and then kiss our insecurities, for friends who challenge and keep us warm, and for family, who through it all simply remain.” I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. my life is by Penguin Press. She published several poetry collections, including Dog Songs: Poems (Penguin Books, 2015).