Swan: Poems and prose poems by Mary Oliver

Award-winning American poet Mary Oliver was once the best-selling poet in the United States (that title now belongs to Rumi). Swan: Poems and prose poems was published in 2010, making it one of her more recent works. I don’t just recommend this particular set of poetry to people who know they enjoy poetry – this is great for anyone who is looking for a short, yet inspiring read, or anyone who has been overcome by the beauty and power of nature. My particular favorite – and so far, my favorite Mary Oliver poem I’ve ever read – is Percy Wakes Me (Fourteen). It’s about her dog… and life itself, and brought me more comfort during a difficult time than I could ever have hoped to find in a small volume of poetry. I read it twice before allowing myself to return it. Check it out, and let me know what you think.

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