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Vera’s Story: Mary Oliver Tuesday, 9 February 2010

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I’m a Brit living in the USA (for 40 years) so have developed a fondness for American poets. One of my favourites is Mary Oliver. Her poem “The Summer Day” is on my refrigerator. I also have on my bedside table her New and Selected Poems. Volume One… I read a poem every morning.

Another favourite is “Wild Geese”. At this year’s memorial of 9/ll at the site of the World Trade Center, vice-president Joe Biden, did not give a speech. Instead he began this poem at the words “Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine….” The poem ends on a soaring note.

from The Summer Day

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?

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