Mary Oliver

The poet who helped us stay amazed

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That is the title of the article in the New Yorker about this famous American poet who died in January this year and who has been described by The New York Times as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet”.

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

A question Mary asks that I suspect many of us including myself, would struggle to answer, but one well worth pondering on.

Mary is a favourite poet of many people. She has said that writing was a way of escaping a dysfunctional family, of creating a world of her own, one that has brought much pleasure to many over the years. A great deal of her poetry is about the natural world with which she had a great affinity from a very early age. She has won an array of awards and published widely. Below is a selection of her more recent poetry collections.