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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  • Marsha (10/5/2018 2:15:00 PM)

    Looking for the poem Seventy, full of beans

  • Linda (9/13/2018 2:39:00 PM)

    Looking for a poem about waking up to a deer licking her face

  • Allyson (7/15/2018 3:11:00 AM)

    looking for a poem that begins with the lines if only there were a boat, long and low and loaded with all that we'd brought.. possibly published in the New Yorker 14 years ago..

  • Olivia Leppard (6/12/2018 10:55:00 AM)

    who is Mary Oliver? I NEED THIS FOR A SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT!

  • Tom Christofferson (5/30/2018 8:08:00 AM)

    Looking for poem that begins with the line When death comes...

  • Sharron Arnold (4/28/2018 9:01:00 PM)

    Mary Oliver is probably my favourite artist....her pieces are so thought provoking and meaningful. Some bring me to tears, they are so beautiful....

  • Michele Ann Gill (3/16/2018 8:34:00 PM)

    Mary Oliver is such an exceptional, unique poet and she inspires me to keep writing. She's absolutely right about poetry being a way of life I have a propensity to write and must keep going. Her work is so beautiful, direct, poignant, effortless and intelligent, I often wonder, why do I bother?

  • The Van Man (2/9/2018 8:18:00 AM)

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  • your nan (2/9/2018 8:16:00 AM)

    this gave me klamidia

  • The Van Man (2/9/2018 8:16:00 AM)

    Totally not a creep with a white van

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Best Poem of Mary Oliver

A Dream Of Trees

There is a thing in me that dreamed of trees,
A quiet house, some green and modest acres
A little way from every troubling town,
A little way from factories, schools, laments.
I would have time, I thought, and time to spare,
With only streams and birds for company.
To build out of my life a few wild stanzas.
And then it came to me, that so was death,
A little way away from everywhere.

There is a thing in me still dreams of trees,
But let it go. Homesick for moderation,
Half the world’s artists shrink or fall away.
If any find solution, let him ...

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