A Provincetown Poet

Book Cover: Why I Wake Early by Mary OliverMary Oliver is a local treasure, having resided in Provincetown Massachusetts since the early 1960s. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry focuses mainly on nature, and she is known for her close observations expressed in simple, elegant language. Oliver’s later poetry has expanded to include more internal reflections.

The best introduction to Mary Oliver is her publisher’s website, where you can find biographical information, awards and honors, a list of her books, and other features. Under “Recent Media Attention” there are links to audio and video of Oliver reading her poetry, and a rare filmed interview.

Listen to Mary Oliver reading “The Summer Day”  and notice the last lines:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”

~ Pam Perry, Reference Librarian


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