About Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver was born in 1935 in Maple Heights, Ohio. She attended both Ohio State University and Vassar College, but did not receive a degree from either institution. As a young poet, Oliver was deeply influenced by Edna St. Vincent Millay and briefly lived in Millay’s home, helping Norma Millay organize her sister’s papers. Oliver is notoriously reticent about her private life, but it was during this period that she met her long-time partner, Molly Malone Cook. The couple moved to Provincetown, Massachusetts, and the surrounding Cape Cod landscape has had a marked influence on Oliver’s work. Known for its clear and poignant observations and evocative use of the natural world, Oliver’s poetry is firmly rooted in place and the Romantic nature tradition. Her work received early critical attention; American Primitive (1983), her fifth book, won the Pulitzer Prize.

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Roses, Laste Sumer - Mary Oliver
Answers - Mary Oliver
I Believe in Kindness - Mary Oliver
Inventions of Holiness - Mary Oliver
Not This Not That - Mary Oliver
Messenger - Mary Oliver
Morning Poem - Mary Oliver
May I Never - Mary Oliver
When It's Over - Mary Oliver
Let Me Keep My Distance - Mary Oliver
There is Only One Question - Mary Oliver
In The Storm - Mary Oliver
To Pay Attention - Mary Oliver
Listen... - Mary Oliver
When I Am Among the Trees