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Blue Horses: Poems

Blue Horses: Poems

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Below is the 1911 painting by Franz Marc (1880-1916), known originally as Die grossen blauen Pferde, or The Great Blue Horses,, which inspired Oliver's poem. Publication dates are subject to change (although this is an extremely uncommon occurrence overall).

Born in a small town in Ohio, Mary Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of 28. From 1995, for five years, she held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Bennington College.This was the first poem in Devotions that really got to me, in part because I had a copy of Marc's Blue Horses, made by my uncle, hanging in my room as a child. Facebook sets this cookie to show relevant advertisements to users by tracking user behaviour across the web, on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin.

Whether considering a bird’s nest, the seeming patience of oak trees or the paintings of Franz Marc, Mary Oliver reminds us of the transformative power of attention and how much can be contained within the smallest moments. The gift of Oliver's poetry is that she communicates the beauty she finds in the world and makes it unforgettable. Her poems are astute, concise and personal; packed with emotion and imagery supporting the reader's understanding of life beyond and yet within the mundane. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's daily session limit.She has also received the Shelley Memorial Award; a Guggenheim Fellowship; an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Achievement Award; the Christopher Award and the L. I’ll sip, and sometimes gulp, these poems along with her previous ones, and I’ll trust that she continues to take her long walks with her notebook and pen in her pocket so that soon I’ll have more to savor. Herons, sparrows, owls, and kingfishers flit across the page in meditations on love, artistry, and impermanence. She explains what I am looking for, what I am finding in her poetry, in the aptly named “What We Want” it is “something inexplicable made plain. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

We use Google Analytics to see what pages are most visited, and where in the world visitors are visiting from. In our final "part" of the poem, Oliver is now surrounded by all four horses and while they can't speak their message, Oliver can perhaps intuit it. Being Christian myself, I do like this idea, but I can also imagine that for non-religious readers that perhaps doesn't strike entirely true. Miami HeraldOliver's poems are thoroughly convincing - as genuine, moving and implausible as the first caressing breeze of spring. Oliver's poems are thoroughly convincing - as genuine, moving and implausible as the first caressing breeze of spring.

New York Times Book ReviewMary Oliver teaches us the profound act of paying attention - a living wonder that makes it possible to appreciate all the others. Form and spirit are both expressed and addressed and Mary does not shy away from difficult aspects of life. These poems cry out for repeat visits, for underlining, for thinking about and going back again and again. Yet despite his early death Marc clearly brought some joy to the world, some beauty, something for which Oliver is grateful.

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