I never liked poetry. Until Mary Oliver.
She changed everything.
Finding Mary Oliver‘s Best Poems
The first time I read Wild Geese, it instantly became my favorite poem.
Until… I read The Journey
To be honest, though, I’m not sure I had a favorite poem up until I read Mary Oliver.
Oh, and let’s not forget Wild Roses.
Finding a Poet that Resonates
I think I just had a distaste for poetry because I never read poems that hit home for me.
Poetry is the language of the soul.
Poems connect with deep, unseen places within me. I find that Mary Oliver (in particular) guides me toward my center.
When I’m not fully aware of what I’m feeling, or longing for, or having a hard time connecting to, I find her writing especially helpful.
And I guess that’s it– we find it much easier to connect with poets who share our own particular fascinations, don’t we?
For me, nature is home.
By casting the drapery of metaphor over simple, concrete statements, and adorning wisdom (and discovering it) inside trees, forests, meadows, streams, and brooks– Mary speaks my language. The language of the deepest parts of me.
When I feel uncentered and distant from my self, I find that being in nature heals me.
And so does reading Mary Oliver.
The Four (4) Best Mary Oliver Books of Poetry
Ok, qualifying something as the “best” is a bit off. Too subjective of a subject matter…
But these are my three favorite books of Mary Oliver’s…
1. Felicity by Mary Oliver
2. Why I Wake Early (by Mary Oliver)
3. Upstream by M.O.
4. New and Selected Poems (Mary Oliver)
|The Invitation||Oriah Mountain Dreamer|
|The Guest House||Rumi|
|The Way It Is||William Stafford|
|The Journey||Mary Oliver|
|Wild Geese||Mary Oliver|
|The Man in the Glass||Peter Dale Wimbrow Sr.|
|Earth, isn't this what you want?||Rainer Maria Rilke|
|The Idea of Order at Key West||Wallace Stevens|