Daily Archives: January 20, 2019

On Knowing Mary Oliver


“What misery to be afraid of death.
What wretchedness, to believe only in what can be proven.”

One of the comments I received on my post recording Mary Oliver’s death, was this one from Tokens of Companionship –

“This is a nice remembrance by a former student of hers:


How I wish I had known her other than through her writing. How lucky was this young woman to have been in one of her classes! How I envy her that!


“And that is just the point… how the world, moist and beautiful,
calls to each of us to make a new and serious response.
That’s the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning.
“Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?”