Mary Oliver


Mary Oliver Poems

If you see a poem only with title, it is listed that way because of copyright reasons.
81. At Blackwater Pond 1/13/2003
82. When Death Comes 1/3/2003
83. Poem (The Spirit Likes To Dress Up...) 1/13/2003
84. Mindful 3/30/2005
85. A Visitor 1/3/2003
86. Dogfish 1/13/2003
87. Turtle 1/13/2003
88. Last Night The Rain Spoke To Me 3/30/2005
89. Sleeping In The Forest 1/3/2003
90. At Great Pond 1/3/2003
91. Picking Blueberries, Austerlitz, New York,1957 3/30/2005
92. Beyond The Snow Belt 3/30/2005

Comments about Mary Oliver

  • Rohan R (7/29/2008 10:07:00 AM)

    Picturistic story narration through poetry that blends nature so well

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  • p.a. noushad p.a. noushad (7/14/2008 3:52:00 AM)

    In my journey of poetry, dear mary, you have inspired me a lot.

  • Leonard Daranjo (1/26/2008 3:19:00 AM)

    I absolutely love Mary Oliver's work. She is one of those people who stand out because of her originality and exquisite imagery. Very few poets have touched me as deeply as she has. She inspires me like a fresh breath of breeze over the literary world.

  • Vicki Mcclenahen (11/24/2006 6:18:00 PM)

    I can't begin to tell you what the work of Mary Oliver has meant to me over the last 15 years. I read and reread her poety. It touches me so deeply....her connection to nature. I wish I knew a way to contact her.

  • Jim Silva (4/4/2006 10:40:00 PM)

    To: Mary Oliver,
    I love your poetry, can you join a group of nature adorers for a summer river trip through the Grand Canyon this year?
    Jim Silva

  • ***** ***** (3/30/2005 6:59:00 PM)

    Oh Mary, this is why this site is worth visiting...Sx

  • Lenchen Elf (3/30/2005 6:18:00 PM)

    Mary, I am in awe and enraptured by the beauty of your work, thank you so much for sharing it.

  • Lare Austin (9/29/2004 12:25:00 PM)

    Mary...
    Recently a friend of mine became discouraged with her poetry and although she had just published a chapbook she was going to give up her poetry writing. She loves to write about nature. I gave her my copy of your book 'Why I Wake Early'. She is now re-inspired and looks very much forward to continuing her poetry writing. I, too, am also inspired by your writing.

    I Thank You.

    Lare Austin

Best Poem of Mary Oliver

Picking Blueberries, Austerlitz, New York,1957

Once, in summer
in the blueberries,
I fell asleep, and woke
when a deer stumbled against me.

I guess
she was so busy with her own happiness
she had grown careless
and was just wandering along

listening
to the wind as she leaned down
to lip up the sweetness.
So, there we were

with nothing between us
but a few leaves, and wind’s
glossy voice
shouting instructions.

The deer
backed away finally
and flung up her white tail
and went floating off toward the trees -

but the moment she did that
was so wide and so ...

Read the full of Picking Blueberries, Austerlitz, New York,1957

Snow Geese

Oh, to love what is lovely, and will not last!
What a task
to ask
of anything, or anyone,
yet it is ours,
and not by the century or the year, but by the hours.
One fall day I heard
above me, and above the sting of the wind, a sound
I did not know, and my look shot upward; it was

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