The On Being Project

Mary Oliver
Mary Oliver

published over 25 books of poetry and prose, including Dream Work, A Thousand Mornings, and A Poetry Handbook. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1983 for her book American Primitive. Her final work, Devotions, is a curated collection of poetry from her more than 50-year career.

The Fourth Sign of the Zodiac (Part 3)

Encouragement from the far shore of life to live fully into the miracle of our existence, with purpose and awe at every waking moment.

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The Fourth Sign of the Zodiac (Part 3)

The Pond: A Poem

A poem for the passing of summer, a song for the shadow, and an invocation for attention.

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The Pond: A Poem

That Little Beast: A Poem

Poetic expression is a character with many personalities, much like one’s favorite pet dog. A new poem from Mary Oliver on the playfulness of writing verse.

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That Little Beast: A Poem

Leaves and Blossoms Along the Way: A Poem

A requiem for the holiness that’s visible — in the trees, the mountains, and the rivers. Permission to lean into wonder and to linger in beauty incarnate.

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Leaves and Blossoms Along the Way: A Poem