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[Poetry Friday] The Otherworldly Beauty Of The Morning

"Long Life" by Mary Oliver.

Myra here.

Thank you to Laura Purdie Salas for hosting this week.

Long Life Essays and Other Writings by Mary Oliver (Amazon | Book Depository)
Published by DaCapo Press (2004)
ISBN: 0306814129 (ISBN13: 9780306814129). Book borrowed from NLB Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.

I know it is pretty much of a stretch to consider this as appropriate for our current reading theme. However, I have always felt that reading Mary Oliver provides me with the lenses to perceive the world through different eyes. I always come up from the page, looking around me, filled with wonder. And she does it so intimately – never pontificating – yet she seems to me like a priestess of the world, a preacher for morning glories – exalting the beauty of the universe by just urging us to pay attention to what is around us.

This book contains more essays than poetry. It is a masterclass in reviewing classics, or getting into the essence of a writer’s words, in shared kinship, bringing one’s self into the perceiving and the reading and the experiencing of another’s vision. When I grow up, I want to approximate Mary Oliver, because I doubt anyone can ever be like her.

Here are two of the poems I enjoyed reading from this collection. I hope it inspires you to look at each morning with otherworldly eyes.

As I was reading some of her epigraphs in this collection, there was one that made me gasp aloud. I can not help but edit one of my recent photos  while book hunting in the US with Mary Oliver’s words, showing what I am devoted to. Pardon my indulgence.

I have been systematically going over all the books by Mary Oliver available on Overdrive. Sadly, this is the last one. My fervent wish is that she still has some unpublished writings, musings, epigraphs that will be shared with the world in the future.

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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] The Otherworldly Beauty Of The Morning

  1. Lovely poems you chose to share. Now I need to read more Mary Oliver. I enjoyed your picture. You seem very joyful in that setting!

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  2. I love Mary Oliver’s poetry (though not her prose poems as much). Thank you for sharing these–I especially love the lines about the clocks. And what a great photo!

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  3. Kay Mcgriff

    Yes that is what I have thought about Mary Oliver–she is one who guides us into wonder by seeing our world with new eyes and appreciation. Her poems are like prayers.

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  4. Mary Oliver never fails to open my eyes. Thanks for sharing these poems, Myra!

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  5. She did have a way with words, didn’t she? Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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