Mary Oliver


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Mary Oliver (born September 10, 1935) is an American poet who has won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times described her as "far and away, [America's] best-selling poet".

Mary Oliver was born to Edward William and Helen M. V. Oliver on September 10, 1935, in Maple Heights, Ohio, a semi-rural suburb of Cleveland. Her father was a social studies ... more »

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  • ''Poetry isn't a profession, it's a way of life. It's an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that.''
    Mary Oliver (b. 1935), U.S. poet. Georgia Review, p. 733 (Winter 1981).
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    on this fresh morning
    in this broken world

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  • Audy Meadow Thistle (8/2/2019 12:27:00 AM)

    Mary Oliver has a way of shaking us out of our cultural blindness to the natural world around us and startling us into seeing what has always been there but ignored. Her poems at best are powerful in that they include, not just a platitude of nature, but teeth and claws, the hunger, death and aliveness. Asking, how does this apply to your life?

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    RIP. She certainly is one of the most important English language poets of the late 20th, early 21st century.

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Best Poem of Mary Oliver

A Visitor

My father, for example,
who was young once
and blue-eyed,
returns
on the darkest of nights
to the porch and knocks
wildly at the door,
and if I answer
I must be prepared
for his waxy face,
for his lower lip
swollen with bitterness.
And so, for a long time,
I did not answer,
but slept fitfully
between his hours of rapping.
But finally there came the night
when I rose out of my sheets
and stumbled down the hall.
The door fell open

and I knew I was saved
and could bear him,
pathetic and hollow,
with even the ...

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