Wild Geese runs like an exhalation, beginning with a lifting of the weight of religious culpability – in the prairies and the deep trees, there is no onus to be good nor to string oneself out in repentance.
In this stirring tribute to her shadow-companion and first poetic love Walt Whitman, poet Mary Oliver describes the experience of awakening to poetry as a door to the temple, a place ‘in which to feel’.
Mary Oliver’s poem When Death Comes is a meditation on death and an uplifting reminder of the joy and importance of a life well-lived.
Here at The Dewdrop, we can’t help but to be reminded of the late great Mary Oliver when reading Ellen White Rook’s tremendous “On Waking”.
This short and stirring paragraph comes right at the end of Upstream, Mary Oliver’s first essay in a collection of shorts that express her life’s trajectory towards nurturing and developing her creative spirit, always in intimate conversation with herself and with nature. It expresses the imperative need to nurture our own relationships with nature and to teach… Continue reading Mary Oliver – Teach the Children
Gary Snyder’s poem on the healing and enlightenment we need to find as a race in order to once again locate ourselves in earth’s valleys and pastures.
Allen Ginsberg’s homage to Walt Whitman is a colorful, visionary encounter in a supermarket in Berkeley one night.
Jenna Wysong Filbrun’s Church is an ode to nature, life, and belonging in a time of spiritual upheaval, an ode to the wilderness, which was humanity’s first place of worship.
Like the Zen poets of China and Japan, American poet Mary Oliver’s work is deeply rooted in nature and her physical and ephemeral experience of the wilds that surround her. In Morning Poem, she communicates a deep optimism about the human condition; that even in the midst of heavy suffering, we can recognize a rightness… Continue reading Mary Oliver’s Morning Poem
“Attention is the beginning of devotion” is the last line of Upstream, Mary Oliver’s first essay in a collection of shorts that express her life’s trajectory towards nurturing and developing her creative spirit, always in intimate conversation with herself and with nature. The minute details of the self and the world that she outlines in… Continue reading Mary Oliver – May I Stay Forever in the Stream