Mary Oliver’s new collection of poetry, A Thousand Mornings, is a beautiful addition to her body of work. The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet is defined by her descriptions of nature and the grace of animals. The true beauty of her writing manifests in the parallels she draws between nature and human nature.
Oliver is my favorite contemporary poet. Her poetry is accessible and can be enjoyed by the unlikeliest of readers: people who have never read poetry and by people who have been jaded when it comes to verse. She’s not overly preoccupied with rhyme and meter and while there are metaphors they are not ambiguous. The poems flow effortlessly and are filled with wonder at nature and our place within it. I highly recommend Oliver’s poetry for its beauty and existential comfort.