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If poetry has saints, Mary Oliver is one of the most venerable.

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If then no ifs about it. 100% :)

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May 25, 2023·edited May 25, 2023

When unable to read the too many 'spiritual' writers I return to Mary Oliver and find ground again and sky enough. / Her book of self selected poems, Devotions, has been nearby since it released. Currently it is among my daily 'breakfast' reads. Upstream is what I think of as actual necessary reading, whether a person loves poetry or not. It is a book about life, life as poetry, poetry as life.

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Love this, so true: And this is what I learned: that the world’s otherness is antidote to confusion, that standing within this otherness—the beauty and the mystery of the world, out in the fields or deep inside books—can re-dignify the worst-stung heart.

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Depth and simplicity, clarity and and wisdom, that’s Mary Oliver.

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Those who know, know. Thank you.

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“…the world’s otherness is antidote to confusion”

Bury your face in it. Breathe deep.

Thanks for this.

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Mary Oliver's poetry makes me want to go walk in the woods.

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Mary Oliver fills me to the brim spilling over, with hope,gladness and child like wonder.

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A wonderful message for this great age of stress, anxiety, and depression!

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Speaking from experience both are admirable ways to escape the tortures of twisted family life and come out the other side not repeating the intergenerational pattern.

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