on 9 July 2012
Mary Oliver is my favourite poet. Apart from my daughter that is. I think she is probably fairly near the top of the list for anyone who is familiar with her work.
Mary's capacity for finding immense beauty in even the smallest or ordinary elements of the world around her is so uplifting that I have found myself crying tears of joy even at times when life has been anything but joyful. She is clearly someone who has experienced deep pain too and expresses it in ways that the reader can both identify with but also feel their soul nurtured.
'Wild Geese' is a great place to experience Mary's uniquely personal yet wonderfully open and warm take on the world. It is a collection of some of her most sublime work, gleaned from other publications and, as the eponymous poem itself says - 'Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting - over and over announcing your place in the family of things.'
Read them to yourself alone or read them aloud with others - her love of life is infectious and beautifully crafted.
on 15 January 2014
I love the poems in this volume. They all generate the spark of connection from the written word to the heart. 'Wild Geese' is a poem I read frequently, particularly when the dark times hit, when you've got to pick yourself up. Even just when it's a winter Monday morning and you just don't want to go out into that dark sky.
Read this book and keep it with you always.