A Life Truly Lived

The poet Mary Oliver passed late last week. A woman committed to living life fully and on her own terms, she valued simplicity above all in her writing. What use is a poem if it cannot be understood? In spite of a difficult childhood, Oliver saw mainly wonder in this world. “When it’s over, I want to say all my life/ I was a bride married to amazement,” she wrote in When Death Comes.Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Listen to a short summary of Mary Oliver’s life here.

And read about her in the New Yorker here.

Link to selected poems here.