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A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver

I am in the final phase of my seventh poetry collection for adults (the first six are: Agua Santa: Holy Water, Adobe Odes, Aunt Carmen’s Book of Practical Saints, Communion, Borders and Chants). As I read, re-read, and tweak, the poems, I’ve returned to A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver, one of my favorite poets. Although I’ve never met her, I did have the pleasure of hearing her some years back here in Santa Fe. Talk about an enthusiastic audience! Many of them were women. Mary Oliver and her work are much loved.

Her writing advice is clear and wise.


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