Mary Oliver: on “the traction” of poetry (On Being)

On Being, with Mary Oliver:



With my pencil I traveled to the moon and back, probably a few times.

I had trouble with the Resurrection so I would not join the church.

I think that life is much more interesting with a spiritual part.

I spent a lot of times [walking around in the woods in Ohio) and I think it saved my life [in childhood]. I did find the entire world in looking for something.

I wanted the "I" to be the possible reader. I wanted the experience that happened to be my own, but I want it to…enjoin the reader into the experience of the poem.

"Wild" has become a lazy word lately, a clichéd word.

Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

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