Meet poet Mary Oliver

Every time I see a fragment of Mary Oliver’s poetry, it really speaks to me. Take this bit:
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention,
how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?
From The Summer Day, by Mary Oliver

You can read more of her poems here.

And you can read an interview Maria Shriver did with her for Oprah magazine here .



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I absolutely agree. In a very ugly, very intraweb-cliched argument in greatpoets last month I had a ridiculous "poetry major" tell me that Mary Oliver is a "shitty poet laureate." I wept.

Edited at 2011-04-11 06:49 pm (UTC)
Mary Oliver
That is really nice, and I don't usually read poetry.
Re: Mary Oliver
I think her poetry is really accessible. And a lot of it is about the shortness of life, which has spoken to me this year as I have dealt with the sudden death of my friend.