Image by Mike Marrah/Unsplash, Public Domain Dedication (CC0). Published February 07, 2015 Share Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email I Happened to Be Standing Written and read by Mary Oliver Listen Text is not available for this poem due to rights restrictions. This poem was originally read in the On Being episode “Listening To the World.” Contributors 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 1984 for her book American Primitive. Her final work, Devotions, is a collection of poetry from her more than 50-year career, curated by the poet herself. She died in 2019.