Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on August 4, 2001.
Mary Oliver’s poetry, with her lyrical connection to the natural world, has firmly established her in the highest realm of American poets. She is renowned for her evocative and precise imagery, which brings nature into clear focus, transforming the everyday world into a place of magic and discovery. Her recent books include Owls and Other Fantasies, Why I Wake Early, and New and Selected Poems, Volume Two. As poet Stanley Kunitz has said, “Mary Oliver’s poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing.” Oliver lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Coleman Barks published his first book of poetry, The Juice, in 1972. From the late 1970’s to the present he has been primarily known for his translations of the 13th century mystic, Jelaluddin Rumi.
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Besides being a devotee of Coleman’s Mary Oliver is at the center of my “only life” I have, she is our favorite in our poetry group her in Galena. Eleanor