byMary Oliver
Rating 7 /10 Readability
Read Time 2 hrs Readible On
Published: 2015Read: April 20, 2017Pages: 96
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by Juvoni Beckford@juvoni

Beautifully written poems with that describe and illustrate being present with nature and oneself. Mary's words guides your heart to take bold yet organic action, falling into love and not planning for it, discovering your inner courage and not cowardly denying your own natural expressions. To take risks is to explore the unknown, open our eyes and heart, live authentically, creating our own space and to bask in the beauty of the moments we live in.

Motivations to Read

I was loaned this book by a special person and she proclaimed it was a book that mirrored the essence of her soul. I embraced the book deeply and I'm curious as to what I'll discover. I also want to read more poetry to counter balance my hyper-rational thinking.

3 Reasons to Read

  • Poems by Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Oliver.
  • Poems about nature, love and loss.
  • For those who love to live life in the moment and take risks.

Notable Quotes

“Not anyone who says "I'm going to be careful and smart in the matters of love," who says, "I'm going to choose slowly," but only those lovers who didn't choose at all but were, as it were, chosen by something invisible and powerful and uncontrollable and beautiful and possibly even unsuitable-- only those know what I'm talking about in this talking about love.” Mary Oliver

“There are moments that cry out to be fulfilled. Like, telling someone you love them. Or giving your money away, all of it. Your heart is beating, isn’t it? You’re not in chains, are you? There is nothing more pathetic than caution when headlong might save a life, even, possibly, your own.” Mary Oliver

“There is nothing more pathetic than caution when headlong might save a life, even, possibly, your own.” Mary Oliver

“If you're John Muir you want trees to live among. If you're Emily, a garden will do. Try to find the right place for yourself. If you can't find it, at least dream of it.

"When one is alone and lonely, the body gladly lingers in the wind or the rain, or splashes into the cold river, or pushes through the ice-crusted snow.

Anything that touches.

God, or the gods, are invisible, quite understandable. But holiness is visible, entirely.

Some words will never leave God's mouth, no matter how hard you listen.” Mary Oliver

Notes for this book are still being transcribed.
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posted May 31, 2017

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