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What I am learning from Mary Oliver

Up until March, I was only aware of Mary Oliver’s writing through fragments read on blogs, having only been familiar with “Wild Geese” as a complete poem when I first started taking interest in English poetry. I grew up surrounded by 18th and 19th century French poets, and it is only recently that I have felt sufficiently at home in the English language to open a collection of poems. Poetry is the realm of images: with…