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It doesn't have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch a few words together and don't try to make them elaborate, this isn't a contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak.

Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver is the author of ten books of poetry, and is the recipient of the National Book Award, the Christopher Award, the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Beacon Press recently released a new CD of Ms. Oliver’s work entitled “Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver,” and she will be releasing a new book in the fall entitled Thirst.



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