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[Poetry Friday] Welcome To Mary Oliver’s World

"Our World" by Mary Oliver and photographs by Molly Malone Cook.

Myra here.

I am glad to be joining the warm and vibrant Poetry Friday community once again. Thank you to Tanita S. Davis of Fiction, Instead Of Lies, for hosting this week.

Our World (Amazon | Book Depository)

Photographs by Molly Malone Cook Text by Mary Oliver
Published by Beacon Press (2007)
ISBN: 0807068802 (ISBN13: 9780807068809). Bought a copy of the book. Book photos taken by me and edited with an iPhone app.

I have been on a Mary Oliver binge since we have launched our new theme – mainly because I find her poems and prose poetry bewitching and enchanting (Ok, I tried) – and I do perceive her as the Goddess of Poetry. So there you go.

When I first learned of this book that features the shared art of Mary Oliver and her long time partner Molly Malone Cook, I immediately purchased it and devoured it as soon as I received it. The text is predictably sparse – as much of the space is devoted to Molly Malone Cook’s photographs – but what a privilege to see the inter-layering and the juxtaposition of the images selected by Mary Oliver, and her accompanying textual narrative.

Here are a few that stood out for me.

How many can claim that they have shimmering family rooms filled with sunshine and love? Here is another one of my favourites, and which I am sure is familiar to most Poetry Friday enthusiasts. Enjoy!

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

6 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Welcome To Mary Oliver’s World

  1. Mary Oliver is a delight, as always. I love the idea of suddenly waking up to someone’s new skill — and asking oneself, “Who is this thrilling new person!?” I don’t have this Oliver book — yet — and I thank you for the little book review!

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  2. These are so comforting and glorious Myra. I really need to read more Molly Oliver!

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  3. Kay Jernigan McGriff

    Yes, I agree, Mary Oliver is bewitching and enchanting. These are just lovely–and the photographs, too.

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  4. maryleehahn

    Thanks for this new-to-me Mary Oliver poem and book! What fun! Off to reserve it from the library now!

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  5. I never miss an opportunity to step into Mary Oliver’s world, but I was not familiar with this book. Many thanks for bringing it to our attention. Swoon.

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