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A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver
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A Thousand Mornings (2012)

by Mary Oliver

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Sometimes something comes along at exactly the right time to explain and describe what you are going through. As I move into the next phase of life this collection helps put structure and words what I am experiencing. One of the first collections of poetry that has truly moved me. ( )
  bhutton | Jul 24, 2018 |
Another lovely collection of Mary Oliver’s poetry ( )
  beebeereads | May 19, 2018 |
Oliver writes small poems of simple diction and syntax. But they are deeply contemplative, poems that aspire almost to silence. Many of the poems in this book read like songs of praise to the natural world. A beautiful book to begin the new year with. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 2, 2018 |
Just brilliant ( )
  mariannem85 | Oct 5, 2017 |
This is not only one of my favorite poetry collections, it is the one I recommend the most to those newer to reading poetry. It's simplicity only enhances the beauty and powerful connection Oliver has to nature and life. It is stunning and has poems that make me cry and ache and smile. Truly wonderful. ( )
  ceciliachard | Oct 31, 2016 |
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The life that I could still live, I should
live, and the thoughts that I could still
think, I should think.
                                               —C. G. Jung, The Red Book
Anything worth thinking about is worth
singing about.
                            —Bob Dylan, The Essential Interviews
Dedication
     For
Anne Taylor
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POEM OF THE ONE WORLD

This morning
the beautiful white heron
was floating along above the water

and then into the sky of this
the one world
we all belong to

where everything
sooner or later
is a part of everything else

which thought made me feel
for a little while
quite beautiful myself.
THE MOTH, THE MOUNTAINS, THE RIVERS

Who can guess the luna's sadness who lives so
briefly? Who can guess the impatience of stone
longing to be ground down, to be part again of
something livelier? Who can imagine in what
heaviness the rivers remember their original clarity?

Strange questions, yet I have spent worthwhile
time with them. And I suggest them to you also,
that your spirit grow in curiosity, that your life
be richer than it is, that you bow to the earth as
you feel how it actually is, that we—so clever, and
ambitious, and selfish, and unrestrained—are only
one design of the moving, the vivacious many.
4. OF THE FATHER

He wanted a body
     so he took mine.
Some wounds never vanish.
Oh the house of denial has thick walls
and very small windows
and whoever lives there, little by little,
will turn to stone.
I HAVE DECIDED

I have decided to find myself a home
in the mountains, somewhere high up
where one learns to live peacefully in
the cold and the silence. It's said that
in such a place certain revelations may
be discovered. That what the spirit
reaches for may be eventually felt, if not
exactly understood. Slowly, no doubt. I'm
not talking about a vacation.

Of course at the same time I mean to
stay exactly where I am.

Are you following me?
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In A THOUSAND MORNINGS, Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has come to define her lifes work, transporting us to the marshland and coastline of her beloved home, Provincetown, Massachusetts. In these pages, Oliver shares the wonder of dawn, the grace of animals, and the transformative power of attention. Whether studying the leaves of a tree or mourning her adored dog, Percy, she is ever patient in her observations and open to the teachings contained in the smallest of moments.… (more)

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