Memorial Hall Library

Remembering Mary Oliver's Wild & Precious Life

Beloved and critically acclaimed American poet Mary Oliver died of lymphoma on January 17, 2019. Her works, such as "Wild Geese" and "The Summer Day," are known for their accessible language and their celebration of the natural world. In "The Summer Day," Oliver asked:

Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

One way to spend some of your own wild and precious life might be to check out one of Mary Oliver's poetry collections.


	New and selected poems, Volume One
New and selected poems, Volume One
by Mary Oliver

A collection of poems covering such topics as nature, writing, and art.

	New and selected poems, Volume Two
New and selected poems, Volume Two
by Mary Oliver

The followup collection to the author's National Book Award-winning New and Selected Poems includes thirty-two new poems, as well as selections from six of the books she has written since her first volume of poetry appeared.

	The leaf and the cloud : A Poem
The leaf and the cloud : A Poem
by Mary Oliver

A book-length poem by the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner explores the issue of persistent and passing things.

	Owls and other fantasies : poems and essays
Owls and other fantasies : poems and essays
by Mary Oliver

A new collection of poetry and essays by the Pulizer Prize and National Book Award-winning author encompasses twenty-three poems that deal with the birds that have played an important part in her life, as well as six never-before-collected poems, and two essays--"Owls" and "Bird."

	Why I wake early : new poems
Why I wake early : new poems
by Mary Oliver

The second volume of the acclaimed author's poetry features forty new poems that continue to express her fascination and love affair with the natural world.
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