Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Land and Words of Mary Oliver, the Bard of Provincetown

The NY Times: The Land and Words of Mary Oliver, the Bard of Provincetown
Perfect stillness. Could this have been where Mary Oliver had seen the deer? She had written about them in more than one poem, but most famously in “Five A.M. in the Pinewoods”:

I’d seen
their hoofprints in the deep
needles and knew
they ended the long night

under the pines, walking
like two mute
and beautiful women toward
the deeper woods, so I

got up in the dark and
went there. They came
slowly down the hill
and looked at me sitting under

the blue trees, shyly
they stepped
closer and stared
from under their thick lashes ...

This is not a poem about a dream,
though it could be. ...

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