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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Mary Oliver: Praise poet

Praising Hands (by Bastique)
When Mary Oliver sat down to talk with Maria Shriver for an Exclusive O Interview in 2011, both literary ladies extolled the poet Rumi.

Oliver (whose favorite words are "love, mirth, praise, constancy…") emphasized Rumi's ability "to contain both the spiritual life and the life in this world."

This ability is also Oliver's great strength.  She told Shriver that if you skimp on either the spiritual or the "real world," then "you're not getting the whole show."

For Oliver, spirituality is essentially mysterious.  She has written that God has "so many names" - and she is prone to "praising the world and whoever made all these things."  In fact, she identifies strongly with being a "praise poet."

When asked at then-age 75 what she has done with her "one wild and precious life," Oliver replied:  What
I have done is learn to love and learn to be loved…  And I learned to consider my life an amazing gift.

Spoken like a true praise poet of Earth and Sky…


Copyright November 7, 2013 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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