Synopsis: 

 Mary Oliver is a poet from Province Town, MA and writes mostly about nature.  Oliver was awarded the Pulitzer Prize (1984) and the National Book Award (1992).  Her most recent collection is Evidence (2009).  The following is an excerpt from her poem In Blackwater Woods that was recently published in the New York Times.   

 

 

To live in this world
 
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
 
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

 

 

Source: 

Newspaper

Vol/Page/Date: 

NY Times July 5, 2009

Resource Type: 

Other

Author/Source: 

Mary Oliver

keywords: 

Mary Oliver, Poetry

Submitter: 

A. Peters

Date of Resource: 

2009-07-09

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