Oliver, Mary

Oliver, Mary,

1935–2019, American poet, b. Cleveland, Ohio, studied Ohio State Univ., Vassar. She published her first collection of poems, No Voyage and Other Poems, in 1963. She was a keen observer of the beauty and cruelty of the natural world, which was often a source of her inspiration. Her everyday language, accessible imagery, sense of spirituality, and often brief verse helped to make her one of those rare contemporary poets whose work sold well. Her Ohio childhood comes into play in some of her poems, including those in The River Styx, Ohio, and Other Poems (1972); nature is evoked in American Primitive (1983, Pulitzer Prize), Dream Work (1986), and House of Light (1990). Her New and Selected Poems (1992), which includes the well-known "Summer Day," won a National Book Award. Other works include West Wind: Poems and Prose Poems (1997), Why I Wake Early (2004), A Thousand Mornings (2012), Blue Horses (2014), Felicity (2015), and Devotions (2017). Oliver wrote about writing and reading poetry in A Poetry Handbook (1994) and Rules for the Dance (1998); her essays are collected in Long Life (2004), Upstream (2016), and other books.
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Kerrianne's favourites to watch over the festive period as a youngster were Curly Sue, Annie, Oliver, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz.
(1.) Oliver, Mary, "The Journey," lines 29-36, in New and Selected Poems Volume 1 (Boston: Beacon Press, 1992).
(6.) Oliver, Mary, "Have You Ever Tried to Enter the Long Black Branches," lines 1-2, in New and Selected Poems Volume 2 (Boston: Beacon Press, 2005).
(8.) Oliver, Mary, "When I am Among the Trees," lines 6-8, in Thirst (Boston: Beacon Press, 2006).
He was presented with the award by Jamie Oliver, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
Kathy O'Beirne; The family of Kathy O'Beirne: Eamonn, Oliver, Mary, Margaret and Brian, with a picture of their parents Oliver and Anne O'Beirne
WRITER: Kathy O'Beirne' ANGRY: Eamonn, Oliver, Mary and Margaret O'Beirne in Dublin yesterday Picture: JULIEN BEHAL
Included in the programme are movie and musical show numbers with selections from Oliver, Mary Poppins, Singin' In the Rain, Chicago, Annie, Pinocchio, the Sound of Music, the Lion King, Evita and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
(7.) Oliver, Mary, "Whelks," in New and Selected Poems (Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1992), p.
(8.) Oliver, Mary, Blue Pastures (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1995), p.
(10.) Oliver, Mary, "Clamming" in Dream Work (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1986), pp.