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Thank You, Mary Oliver

email-your one wild and precious life

35 responses

  1. goingoverjordon

    Thank you, for this. What an enormous loss – but what an incredible legacy….

    Katharine M. Preston

    Ecology Ministry Wild Orchard Farm 247 Christian Road Essex, NY 12936 518-963-8966


    January 18, 2019 at 10:21 am

  2. Val Cunningham

    Lovely tribute, Mary, it’s sad to think of Mary Oliver not being in this world any longer.

    January 18, 2019 at 10:23 am

  3. What perfect choice as a memorial tribute to an amazing woman.

    January 18, 2019 at 10:23 am

  4. Margo Nutt

    I love everything Mary Oliver has written, but especially this poem. Thank you for publishing it, Mary Holland.

    January 18, 2019 at 10:24 am

  5. Midge

    perfect tribute. Thank you Mary and Mary for what you add to my life

    January 18, 2019 at 10:26 am

  6. Anne Onion

    Many many thanks both to Mary Oliver and to yourself, Mary Holland!! Anne Onion, Gilmanton, NH

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ” Deep peace of the shining stars to you….”


    January 18, 2019 at 10:27 am

  7. Leslie Rule

    Her words live…and both Mary’s (O and H) continually teach me how to walk through this world, eyes and heart open.

    January 18, 2019 at 10:29 am

  8. Sue Cater Jukosky

    Beautiful choice? 💕

    January 18, 2019 at 10:31 am

  9. Eric Small

    Thank you Mary Holland for thanking our dear wordsmith Mary Oliver. Seeing your picture of the grasshopper brought tears to my eyes. I carry some of those words deep in my heart.
    Eric Small

    January 18, 2019 at 10:31 am

  10. Frances Howes

    Thank YOU , Mary Holland!! Love, Pogo

    Sent from my iPad


    January 18, 2019 at 10:44 am

  11. Mary Jo Carlsen

    The work of Mary Oliver was such an immense gift. She will be deeply missed. You chose the perfect poem. Thank you for living so observantly, and for sharing those observations with us!

    January 18, 2019 at 10:44 am

  12. Noël K.

    What a lovely and perfect tribute. Thank you MH. I have found solace and inspiration in her words for so many years. What an amazing life and gift she shared w/ us all.

    January 18, 2019 at 10:45 am

  13. Thea Lahti

    And thank you for sharing that.

    January 18, 2019 at 10:55 am

  14. phyllis katz

    Lovely! thank you.


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    My two books of poetry, *All Roads Go Where They Will*, 2010 and *Migrations, *2013 were both published by Antrim House Press. My new book, *Finding Ithaca, *was published by Dos Madres Press . Copies are available from the Norwich Bookstore (VT) and at Broadside Bookshop (MA).

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    On Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 10:19 AM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

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    January 18, 2019 at 10:56 am

  15. We will miss her, and remember her with gratitude.

    January 18, 2019 at 11:01 am

  16. Kit Hood

    Thank you, Mary. Perfect photo and poem to honor such a great poet who is no longer writing for us today. How sad to lose her!

    January 18, 2019 at 11:12 am

  17. Karen L

    She offered us all the gift of her sight. I know that in moments of blindness I have come to he work for respite and restoration. I hope in the end, for Mary Oliver, it was ‘so much light wrapping around us.’ Thank you.

    January 18, 2019 at 11:12 am

  18. So sad. We really need people like her in this world.
    She was one awesome, observant human being!
    And this is my all time favorite Mary Oliver poem.

    January 18, 2019 at 11:16 am

  19. judilindsey


    I totally love Mary Oliver’s poetry. It really says it all!

    Thanks, Judi


    January 18, 2019 at 11:17 am

  20. Deborah Luquer

    Thank you Mary Holland

    January 18, 2019 at 11:48 am

  21. Dee Blanton

    thank you! That is beautiful!

    January 18, 2019 at 12:02 pm

  22. Sally

    Mary, a beautiful tribute to this great poet. Thank you.

    January 18, 2019 at 12:07 pm

  23. Chris Doyle

    Thanks – that is such a lovely poem from one who contributed much beauty to the world!

    January 18, 2019 at 12:24 pm

  24. Ellen Halperin

    This is magnificent. Thank you so much!

    January 18, 2019 at 12:46 pm

  25. Jean Harrison

    What a gorgeously colored insect! My favorite poem from my favorite American poet. I didn’t know till this post that she died. I’m glad I have many books of poetry by her.

    January 18, 2019 at 2:37 pm

  26. Susie Peters

    Thank you, Mary Holland, for opening our eyes and hearts, just as Mary Oliver has done. Blessings and love, Susie

    On Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 10:18 AM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

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    January 18, 2019 at 3:29 pm

  27. Audrey Ball

    Thanks for posting this.

    January 18, 2019 at 3:46 pm

  28. Alice Pratt

    The more times I read the poem, today, and it was many times, the more meaningful it has become to me. I need to read more of Mary Olivers’ poems

    January 18, 2019 at 4:49 pm

  29. Eliot Stanley/& Julia Adams

    Beautiful poem–Thanks!

    January 18, 2019 at 5:12 pm

  30. laura Stinnette

    Lovely poem. Will look up more from Mary Oliver.

    January 18, 2019 at 5:25 pm

  31. Dianne Rochford

    THANK YOU for honoring the life of our beloved Mary Oliver.

    :-), Dianne >

    January 18, 2019 at 8:08 pm

  32. Wow! I don’t know a lot about poetry but this has enlightened me! I must look to it more, this is so beautiful and powerful! So sorry for the loss of a great wordy person! 😦 ❤

    January 18, 2019 at 10:54 pm

  33. Courtenay Mcgowen

    Thank you Mary, for this. I just read Mary Oliver’s obituary in the NY Times. What a great remembrance of her work and life. Hope to see you at our MHS reunion. Courtenay Compton McGowen


    January 18, 2019 at 11:16 pm

  34. Dudley Carlson

    Thank you, Mary. Your photos and observations, like Mary Oliver’s, open all of our eyes and minds to more of the wonders around us and enrich our days. She will be missed. We are so lucky to have you with us!

    January 19, 2019 at 8:08 pm

  35. Reeve Lindbergh


    January 20, 2019 at 11:35 am

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