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Felicity: Poems | Mary Oliver
Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, celebrates love in her new collection of poems If I have any secret stash of poems, anywhere, it might be about love, not anger, Mary Oliver once said in an interview. Finally, in her stunning new collection, Felicity, we can immerse ourselves in Olivers love poems. Here, great happiness abounds. Our most delicate chronicler of physical landscape, Oliver has described her work as loving the world. With Felicity she examines what it means to love another person. She opens our eyes again to the territory within our own hearts; to the wild and to the quiet. In these poems, she describeswith joythe strangeness and wonder of human connection. As in Blue Horses, Dog Songs, and A Thousand Mornings, with Felicity Oliver honors love, life, and beauty.
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GatheringBooks
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#AyUpAugust Day 1: It was a #CryMeARiver moment when Mary Oliver passed away. This is one of my fave poems from this collection.

squirrelbrain Lovely interpretation of the prompt! 💔 3mo
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monalyisha
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I‘m so over the moon about this article right now! It‘s about the wildness of girlhood, ancient rituals, playing in the woods, art, magic, & poetry. All of the literary references could‘ve come straight from my bookshelves. God, it‘s good. 💀💖😭

https://overland.org.au/2019/07/the-wildness-of-girlhood/

Lizpixie I was one of those wild little girls, climbing trees & catching tadpoles with mud between my toes was my favourite things to do then. Arktoi forever! #wildgirlsunite 3mo
tammysue A fabulous article, thanks for posting! 3mo
monalyisha @Lizpixie I built forts in the woods, whittled & painted sticks & rocks, stole kitchen items from my friend‘s mom & tried to summon the fairies with sugar & spices. But I‘ve never climbed a tree! Ever! #regrets #goals Maybe it has something to do with being a Capricorn? 🤷‍♀️ #earthsign 3mo
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monalyisha @tammy_sue Thanks for reading! Happy to share the love. 3mo
Lizpixie @monalyisha you‘ve never climbed a tree?!? Oh man, you have missed out. I spent a lot of my childhood either in the paperbark tree in our backyard with a book or climbing trees at assorted picnic grounds around our part of NSW. There are some epic climbing trees at Warragamba Dams picnic grounds!🌳 3mo
Cheshirecat913 Enjoyed the article and I was definitely out there mixing berries and mud, climbing trees and coming back with stickers in my hair. I enjoy watching my own daughter make up stories in her mind...I need to get her and myself out in the woods more often. 3mo
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hwheaties
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I read this so quickly but it was because on every page, I felt like Oliver found me and wrote my thoughts. I used two of the poems in my husband‘s anniversary card for this year.

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hwheaties
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Next up for poetry

Bibliogeekery 💗 4mo
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arlenefinnigan
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This is lovely. A beautiful love letter to life and nature. Poignant and uplifting.

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arlenefinnigan
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#ReadHarder challenge 11: a collection of poetry published since 2014
(look at the pretty cover. I know you shouldn't judge them but still.)

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HeatherBookNerd
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In the poem Storage, Mary Oliver writes about her freedom in emptying a storage closet.

I feel seen.

#poetry

The_Real_Nani In the middle of a move and I‘m feeling this... why am I carrying so much stuff?! 6mo
HeatherBookNerd @The_Real_Nani if the rest of my family wouldn‘t freak out, I‘d throw away EVERYTHING 6mo
The_Real_Nani @HeatherBookNerd I fantasize about that! 6mo
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BarbaraJean
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This was my poetry pick for April, and I devoured it in two sittings. I then returned to it to mull over my favorites during the rest of the month. Mary Oliver‘s poetry is always beautiful and reflective for me—making me slow down, challenging me to attentiveness and wonder. This collection was no exception—a gorgeous (if brief) selection of poems on happiness and love.

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BarbaraJean
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Love still as once you loved, deeply
and without patience. Let God and the world
know you are grateful.
That the gift has been given.

—from “The Gift” by Mary Oliver

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BarbaraJean
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There are moments that cry out to be fulfilled.
Like, telling someone you love them.
Or giving your money away, all of it.

Your heart is beating, isn‘t it?
You‘re not in chains, are you?

There is nothing more pathetic than caution
when headlong might save a life,
even, possibly, your own.

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BarbaraJean
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Do you bow your head when you pray or do you look up into that blue space?
Take your choice, prayers fly from all directions.
And don‘t worry about what language you use,
God no doubt understands them all.
Even when the swans are flying north and making
such a ruckus of noise, God is surely listening & understanding.
Rumi said, There is no proof of the soul.
But isn‘t the return of spring and how it
springs up in our hearts a pretty good hint?

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BarbaraJean
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Why do people keep asking to see
God‘s identity papers
when the darkness opening into morning
is more than enough?
Certainly any god might turn away in disgust.

MommyWantsToReadHerBook This is beautiful! 6mo
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readordierachel
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Mehso-so

"August of another summer, and once again
I am drinking the sun
and the lilies are spread across the water.
I know what they want is to touch each other."

None of these really moved me, although there were some nice moments here and there, like the lines above from "The Pond." I don't think that any of these poems will stay with me.

Cathythoughts That‘s a lovely quote though 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts I agree. She has some lovely observations about nature 💕 6mo
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I really enjoyed this book. It‘s a very quick read, as much of the book has type on only one side of the page, with the reverse being blank. It‘s divided into two main sections. The second section is a grouping of simple and sweet love poems. They really made me smile. 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!! #poetry

monalyisha I love this one so much. 💕 6mo
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BarbaraJean
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Starting this beauty tonight before bed. I love this: “Things take the time they take. Don‘t worry.” 💜

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monalyisha
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Everyone now and again wonders about
those questions that have no ready
answers: first cause, God's existence,
what happens when the curtain goes
down & nothing stops it, not kissing,
not going to the mall, not the Super Bowl.

"Wild roses," I said to them one morning.
"Do you have the answers? And if you do,
would you tell me?"

The roses laughed softly. "Forgive us,"
they said. "But as you can see, we are
just now entirely busy being roses."

Louise Oh! She will be missed. What a beautiful legacy she gave to the world. 💙 9mo
monalyisha #poemsbeforephones checkin: I read 4 poems this morning. This is the poetry moment that overshadows all other poetry moments today, though. @Bradleygirl @DivineDiana @cocomass @Redwritinghood 9mo
kathedron I will miss her! ❤ 9mo
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Redwritinghood Oh no! She will definitely leave a hole in the poetry universe. 9mo
Christine ❤️💔❤️ 9mo
DivineDiana I did not know this. 💔 9mo
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GatheringBooks
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#31BookPics Day 19: I don‘t know anything more #Autumnal than this.

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HyacinthGirl
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Just meant to flip through a little, but it‘s impossible to read Mary Oliver without a deep dive.

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monalyisha
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1. Books. Especially anything from the Babysitter‘s Club series. I also collected porcelain dolls...until that fateful night when they became utterly terrifying to me (dun, dun, dun!😱🔪)
2. I don‘t gift books often. I think the one I‘ve given most (like, twice 😂) is “Felicity” by Mary Oliver.
3. In my 30s but younger than 35 (Happy birthday, @jesshowbooks 🎉!)
4. It‘s just under 50 miles from my current city to my hometown.
5. On it. 🙌🏻🎁

Jen_Reads Dolls became terrifying after Chuckie. I also wish I still had all of my BSC books. 2y
MiyakoBunny My sister loved the babysitters club & 😱😱😱😱My mom collected Porcelain Dolls she even had ones especially made to look exactly like my sister and I. I hated them with a passion. Creepy AF ☠️ lol 😆 2y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Porcelain dolls LOOK sweet, but deep down: 😈 2y
monalyisha @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @MiyakoBunny @Jen_Reads I had one with braided buns on either side of her head (a la Princess Leia). One day, I decided I hated her hairstyle & realized that if I took it out, she‘d have crimped hair (very cool). What I didn‘t take into account was that her stand was broken, so her hair hung down in her face & she leered down at me, peering malevolently through it. I put her in the closet but that was somehow creepier!😱 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oh no! Sounds like The Ring! 2y
monalyisha @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled That‘s EXACTLY what it looked like! 2y
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lildeb_8
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I haven't been able to read much lately but I did finish this. Poetry is not my thing, but she is amazing.

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I LOVE MARY OLIVER! Thank you @Cca0601 for pulling me this way in the bookstore. I look forward to many a morning's reread of these poems. Also, isn't it something happy to hold a slim volume of poetry and know you're about to read it? I love how it feels in the hands.

monalyisha LOVE this collection! 2y
Nat_Reads @monalyisha Me too 😌 I've sat here and read them once to myself, once to my husband and then a quiet reread. 2y
monalyisha I love "Roses." How sweet would it be to name a daughter Busy Rose? ?? 2y
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Nat_Reads @monalyisha So sweet!! I cried at the cricket poem. That excellent cricket 😭 2y
DivineDiana I am falling in love with Mary Oliver. 💗 2y
Nat_Reads @DivineDiana What is your favorite of hers so far? 2y
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Finally got the chance to use my #bookdarts!

Lcsmcat ❤️ Mary Oliver! 2y
HippieChickHomeschool @Lcsmcat I've recently discovered her and I love her so much! 2y
saresmoore I like this a lot. 2y
Nat_Reads ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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monalyisha
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This was a reread. My mother-in-law recently let me borrow a book of poetry ("Milk & Honey" by Rupi Kaur); she'd dog-eared her favorite poems. I thought it'd be fun to give her another book of poems with my favorites dog-eared when I return it. I chose "Felicity." I love Mary Oliver. Such grace, peace & wonder. My favorites in this collection are "Roses", "This Little Beast", "Except for the Body" & "Nothing is Too Small Not to Be Wondered About."

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krismlars
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This poem is titled 'Moments'. I'd heard of Mary Oliver, but I usually avoid poetry. But I really enjoyed this collection, and I look forward to reading more from her.

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monalyisha
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Littens: S.O.S.!

I'm trying to read more poetry ('tis the season). I asked a group of librarians for suggestions and their answers have been rather academic (perhaps I shouldn't be surprised). So, I'm trying another source. Help a sister out?

Some details: my favorite poet is Mary Oliver. I'm already on the waiting list for both "Milk & Honey" by Rupi Kaur and "Salt" by Nayyirah Waheed.

Thanks!

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monalyisha Added 'em all to my Goodreads. Thanks, @TobeyTheScavengerMonk! 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk This Metal might be a little on the darker side but some of James Wright's work reminds me a bit of Mary Oliver. 3y
whatthelog This is quite similar to salt 3y
Nat_Reads I love Louise Gluck who reminds me a bit of Mary Oliver, especially 2y
Nat_Reads And Billy Collins!! He's funny and beautiful--any collection! 2y
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Loved this collection, reading about her late-in-life romance blossoming.

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jveezer
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I must have marked fifteen poems and passages. This book is sooooo good.

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AliBG
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Giggle with me Littens! I usually buy myself a book I know I'll like during the year, save it for Christmas, and wrap it to open it on Christmas morning when my kids open their books. But this year at different times, I apparently bought myself the same book twice!

AliBG Also totally works for #seasonsreadings on #poetry 3y
Yossarian I've done that! 3y
AliBG @Yossarian glad I'm not alone... 3y
BookishFeminist 😂😂 3y
tpixie Lol. At least you're consistent! And you agree with yourself! 3y
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headlong might save a life!

saresmoore Oh this is good. 3y
vivjm Yeees 3y
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Bibliogeekery
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Another gorgeous collection by Mary Oliver! She's such a treat to read. I re-visit her work regularly. #poetry #queerbooks

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💗

valeriegeary Oh this is beautiful. 3y
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Bibliogeekery
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💗Mary Oliver! #poetry #queerbooks

pitterpainter Love her! 💛 3y
Lindy I 💜 Mary Oliver too. 😊 3y
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Mary Oliver 💗! #queerbooks

Graciouswarriorprincess Love Mary Oliver! 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow! I really like that!! 3y
BibliOphelia LoveLoveLove Mary Oliver! 3y
Nat_Reads I just read this collection and am searching out like-lovers of it! 2y
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Drowsy morning Mary Oliver feels like a good and much-needed stretching session. She instills such a sense of gratitude. Rain falling through the fire escape, a break in the August heat, everything passes through the prism of her poetry and emerges a reason for celebration! #poetryeverydamnday

Hugoreads Mary Oliver is comfort, nourishment and delight. 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Everything about your post is perfection! 3y
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kristenlcoates
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"Try to find the right place for yourself. If you can't find it, at least dream of it."
My reading (& general life) time has been consumed by work, stress, trips, anxiety, & other demands lately. I'd been subconsciously saving this one for the right time and damn--am I glad that I did. Soul food.?

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