Felicity by Mary Oliver

Was the 2 a.m. emergency room really the best place to tease open the knots life ties between love and loss? I had no choice. I could not be anywhere else. Oliver, Mary. Felicity. New York: Penguin, 2015. Print. Genre: poetry Summary: Mary Oliver’s poetry and essay collections normally focus on nature. She lays bare her raptures… Continue reading Felicity by Mary Oliver

Bad Girls in the New Age of Wonder Woman

The little girl was mean. She enjoyed being mean. She cussed. She picked fights. She bossed adults around. She was everything a girl is not supposed to be. Girls are supposed to be sugar and spice and everything nice, but this child? Zero grams sugar. Absolutely nothing nice. Spice factor? 100% cayenne pepper. I’m talking… Continue reading Bad Girls in the New Age of Wonder Woman

Upstream by Mary Oliver

Yea or nay: Humans, with all their mighty know-how, should alter the world and fix all that ails it. Yea or nay: Humans should sit back, only observe, and do their best to not interfere with natural processes, like National Geographic wildlife photographers. Oliver, Mary. Upstream: Selected Essays. New York: Penguin, 2016. Print. Summary: In a… Continue reading Upstream by Mary Oliver

A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver

Much like a quark, this book is small yet packed with the powers to either grip or unravel the universe. Oliver, Mary. A Poetry Handbook. New York: Harvest, 1994. Print. Genre: nonfiction (craft book) Summary: Winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, and all-around linguistic seductress Mary Oliver shares her insights on the… Continue reading A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver