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[Book Quote Tuesday] Mary Oliver’s Exhortation

"Yes! No!" by Mary Oliver

Myra here.

It is that time of the week again where we share a book quote that seemed particularly striking for us.

Welcome to April! Since April is known as Poetry month, we will be sharing quotes from celebrated poets.

We have featured Mary Oliver several times for Poetry Friday. Hence, it should not be surprising that the rest of our book quotes for this month would contain snippets from Mary Oliver’s wisdom, similar to the one above from her Owls And Other Fantasies (Amazon | Book Depository) – see my feature here.

This exhortation to pay attention to the world and all its beauty and cruelties is a central theme in practically all of Mary Oliver’s poems. Yet in the midst of our preoccupations, it is very seldom that we actually pay attention and remain in the here and now, which is tragic. Reading Mary Oliver gives me pause, and hopefully every Tuesday this month, we give you an opportunity to pay attention as well.

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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).

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