The poetry of Mary Oliver speaks to my soul.
Simple. Profound. Wise. Compassionate. Beautiful.
In honor of National Poetry Month, I wanted to share a collection of poems and essays by my favorite poet with you. Mary Oliver, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, has many published poems under her belt, but my favorite collection is “The Truro Bear and Other Adventures.”
Although originally from the Midwest, Mary’s poetry is heavily steeped in her adopted home of New England. Greatly influenced by Thoreau, she is known for her clear and poignant observances of the natural world. Her poems are filled with imagery from her daily walks near her home in Provincetown, Massachusetts: bears, moles, snakes, spiders, porcupines, humpback whales, hermit crabs, and, of course, her dog Percy (named for the beloved poet). Also featured in this collection is, “The Poet Goes to Indiana,” where she observes coyotes, deer, horses, and an owl – “such a fine time [she] had teaching in Indiana.”
I wish you many hours of pleasurable reading, exploring the natural world with Mary Oliver. Be sure to chat with me on “Poem in Your Pocket Day” and I will be happy to share my favorite Mary Oliver poem with you.