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Monday, July 7, 2008

The Truro Bear and Other Adventures--poems by Mary Oliver

On the Writers Almanac Garrison Keillor has, over the last few weeks, included two selections from The Truro Bear And Other Adventures in his daily newsletter and radio program. This volume of poetry written by Mary Oliver is due to be released this fall. I am, however, lucky to have been given an Advance Reader copy and have over the last week savored the selections----ten new poems, thirty-five of Mary Oliver's classic poems, and two essays all about mammals, insects, and reptiles. It is a virtual feast for the mind and spirit! Look for it in the months to come.

The Other Kingdoms

Consider the other kingdoms. The
trees, for example, with their mellow-sounding
titles: oak, aspen, willow.
Or the snow, for which the peoples of the north
have dozens of words to describe its
different arrivals. Or the creatures, with their
thick fur, their shy and wordless gaze. Their
infallible sense of what their lives
are meant to be. Thus the world
grows rich, grows wild, and you too,
grow rich, grow sweetly wild, as you too
were born to be.