According to her website, "A private person by nature, Mary Oliver has given very few interviews over the years. Instead, she prefers to let her work speak for itself. And speak it has, for the past five decades, to countless readers. The New York Times recently acknowledged Mary Oliver as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet.” Born in a small town in Ohio, Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of 28; No Voyage and Other Poems, originally printed in the UK by Dent Press, was reissued in the United States in 1965 by Houghton Mifflin. Oliver has since published many works of poetry and prose."
This woman's words have woven their magic into my heart many times. In early October she released a new book of poetry, Devotions which showcases over 50 years of her work. Her words are magic, they bring emotions to life. They invite God into the mundane. They animate love. They are alluring and intriguing and capture deep vaulted feelings, and tender patches of gratitude. If you haven't ever experienced her, I invite you to take in one of her poems called, The Gift
"Be still my soul, and steadfast.
Earth and haven both are still watching
thought time is draining from the clock
and your walk, that was confident and quick,
has become slow.
So, be slow if you must, but let
the heart still play its true part.
Love still as once you loved, deeply
and without patience. Let God and the world
know that you are grateful.
That the gift has been given.
Celebrating all the poets and magic seekers in our world....
May You Sweetly Seek:)