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  • Dampness, Moss, Stone
  • Mary Oliver (bio)

Like the dampness of faith comes Spring; every depression— last year's leaves packed down into it— is full now of clear water, the ripples are multiplying, the frogs are gathering, they are crying out, and the moon has come back over the hills, and everywhere you look there are the heaviest stones in unexpected places, in fields, against hillsides, luminous in the moonlight, moss and dampness, as of darkness, still clinging, as though they are messages, as though they have just been rolled away.

Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver holds the Catherine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Bennington College. She is the author of ten books of poetry, and is the recepient of the National Book Award, the Christopher Award, the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.



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