On this last day of National Poetry Month, I’m keeping in mind two quotes from Mary Oliver. The first comes from her National Book Award acceptance speech:
Poetry happens because of life, and poetry happens because of language and poetry happens because of other poets
The other comes from a poem in New and Selected Poems, for which she won the National Book Award. The poem is titled “The Summer Day”:
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
I hope the answer includes reading more poetry. – Meg