‘To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work’
Described by the New York Times as ‘far and away, [the US’s] best selling poet’, Oliver’s poetry and other writings have been tantalising imaginations since her first publication in 1963. Mary Oliver sadly passed away in January of this year but her writing lives on, breathing and renewing itself with every read.
‘Wild Geese’ is a poem which represents both freedom and community, themes that are often addressed as separate entities. Oliver has a way of connecting the ability to be one’s self with the significance of individuals coming together in unison. It is easy to be inspired by Mary Oliver’s artistic and honest observations of nature. Perhaps looking up and out of ourselves is the best way to understand what’s inside.
How does the poem Wild Geese make you feel about your place in the world? Let us know your opinions on our August Poem of the Month in the comments below.