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’.
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”.
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.
Like the Psalm that opens her poem, Bethany Reid invites us to praise and rejoice with her poem “Morning at Glen Cove”.
Observant and curious, poet Jasmine Marshall Armstrong draws inspiration and lessons from birds in her poem “Yellow-Headed Blackbirds”.
Poet Susan Coultrap-McQuin shows us nature’s sacredness with her poem “Sunday Morning at the Cabin Up North”.
In the wake of her new collection, Away, we reached out to poet Jenna Wysong Filbrun to find out more about her motivations and process.
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.