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:

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2019/01/17/passing-mary-oliver-at-dawn/

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?”

 

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