Saturday, January 19, 2019

Mary Oliver;
 of poetry fame

I dreamt the other night, I had
won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
Mary Oliver, my poetry mentor, had
won it in 1984. Two days ago she died

She was eighty-three. Two years
younger than me. Means I might not
have time for mine. Better get moving
Mary was one of my poetry idols

For a time I tried to take her advice
Her 1992 A Poetry Handbook of mechanics, 
meter, rhyme, form,  etc.   When I get to
Heaven I'd like to be a student of hers
_ _ _ _

 - Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2019, All Rights Reserved
 - I am linked with Magaly Guerrero in the Imaginary Garden -- 86 words here for her

Mary Oliver:  "When it's over," she says, "I want to say: all my life / I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms." ("When Death Comes" from New and Selected Poems (1992).) Wikipedia

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At Sunday, January 20, 2019 6:32:00 AM, Blogger Magaly Guerrero said...

I hope when you two meet (not any time soon), you have a world of fun.

At Sunday, January 20, 2019 8:30:00 AM, Blogger Helen said...

She was a huge influence on so many ... in poetry and in the way she lived life. Cheers!

At Sunday, January 20, 2019 10:28:00 AM, Blogger tonispencer said...

I hope so too when you meet many years from now

At Sunday, January 20, 2019 11:06:00 AM, Blogger Other Mary said...

Me too Jim.

At Sunday, January 20, 2019 12:13:00 PM, Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

I resonate with her poetry like no one else's, Jim. She helped us see the beauty of the world even more clearly.

At Sunday, January 20, 2019 4:22:00 PM, Blogger Marian said...


At Monday, January 21, 2019 4:06:00 PM, Blogger Susie Clevenger said...

Yes, awwww....Thank goodness we have all her poetry to inspire us.

At Tuesday, January 22, 2019 11:15:00 AM, Blogger Anmol (HA) said...

This is so lovely, Jim! Like others said, I hope for that desired meeting and lots of poetic musing but many years from now. :-)

At Tuesday, January 22, 2019 2:53:00 PM, Blogger brudberg said...

I love how you describe her... and there are worse teachers, hope in many years from now you may meet her for real

At Tuesday, January 22, 2019 3:27:00 PM, Blogger Yvonne Osborne said...

What an awesome dream. I agree with your last line and say, "Me Too!"

At Tuesday, January 22, 2019 6:29:00 PM, Blogger Sanaa Rizvi said...

Awwwwwwwwwww ❤️

At Wednesday, January 23, 2019 8:15:00 PM, Blogger colleen said...

I hope it's never too late. I've never dreamt about a poet before.


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