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Blue Horses: Poems

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In our final "part" of the poem, Oliver is now surrounded by all four horses and while they can't speak their message, Oliver can perhaps intuit it.

Mary Oliver teaches us the profound act of paying attention - a living wonder that makes it possible to appreciate all the others.Born in a small town in Ohio, Mary Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of 28. We use Google Analytics to see what pages are most visited, and where in the world visitors are visiting from. The collection will never address masses but it will address reader who seek for proves of power of life and power of humanity. Being Christian myself, I do like this idea, but I can also imagine that for non-religious readers that perhaps doesn't strike entirely true. Whether considering a bird's nest, the seeming patience of oak trees or the paintings of Franz Marc, Mary Oliver reminds us of the transformative power of attention and how much can be contained within the smallest moments.

Facebook sets this cookie to show relevant advertisements to users by tracking user behaviour across the web, on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin. In a world where young people die too soon with a bullet in the head, in which this occurs not just once but countless of times, what could there horses possibly do except be beautiful and themselves?

Yet despite his early death Marc clearly brought some joy to the world, some beauty, something for which Oliver is grateful.

Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's daily session limit. The horses are not "straight-forward" horses, but rather almost like messengers, clearly grand and knowledgeable, but with a fondness and acceptance of our poet. As you may be able to guess from the year he died, Marc didn't make it through World War I, a sad fact addressed by Mary Oliver as well. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from The Art Institute of Boston (1998), Dartmouth College (2007) and Tufts University (2008). The horses are the ones to approach Oliver and I think it's key that she says she is 'commingling' with them.Publication dates are subject to change (although this is an extremely uncommon occurrence overall). Whether considering a bird’s nest, the seeming patience of oak trees or the paintings of Franz Marc, Mary Oliver reminds us of the transformative power of attention and how much can be contained within the smallest moments. I love how the first two lines are almost like a frame-narrative, a gateway into the poem where you have to accept that as the viewer you can step into a painting and engage with it, relate to it, learn from it. Blue Horses’ asks what it truly means to belong to this world and to live in it attuned to all its changes. Oliver's books on the craft of poetry, A Poetry Handbook and Rules for the Dance, are used widely in writing programs.

Herons, sparrows, owls and kingfishers flit across the page in meditations on love, artistry and impermanence. Miami HeraldOliver's poems are thoroughly convincing - as genuine, moving and implausible as the first caressing breeze of spring.I’ll sip, and sometimes gulp, these poems along with her previous ones, and I’ll trust that she continues to take her long walks with her notebook and pen in her pocket so that soon I’ll have more to savor. The New York Times recently acknowledged Mary Oliver as "far and away, this country's best-selling poet. Oliver's poems are thoroughly convincing - as genuine, moving and implausible as the first caressing breeze of spring.

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