Eclectic Readers are invited to read a poem by Mary Oliver and tell why the work resonates—or doesn’t—with them. They may also share something about Oliver’s life and background. Oliver is best known for her awe-filled, often hopeful, reflections on and observations of nature. “Mary Oliver’s poetry is an excellent antidote for the excesses of civilization,” wrote one reviewer for the Harvard Review, “for too much flurry and inattention, and the baroque conventions of our social and professional lives. She is a poet of wisdom and generosity whose vision allows us to look intimately at a world not of our making.” Mary Oliver, a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poet, died at the age of 83 in January 2019. Brown bag lunch followed by group discussion.
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