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Starlings In Winter

Mary Oliver

Chunky and noisy, but with stars in their black feathers, they spring from the telephone wire and instantly they are acrobats in the freezing wind. And now, in the theater of air, they swing ...

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10K reads, 15 comments

The Central Commitment Of The Creative Life

Mary Oliver

Intellectual work sometimes, spiritual work certainly, artistic work always -- these are forces that fall within its grasp, forces that must travel beyond the realm of the hour and the restraint of th...

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18K reads, 7 comments

My Work is Loving the World

Mary Oliver

My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird -  equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand...

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157K reads, 25 comments

When Death Comes

Mary Oliver

When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn; when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps the purse shut; when death comes like the measle-pox when...

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267K reads, 73 comments