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Author: OLIVER, MARY
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Oliver, Mary    Poet's Biography
103 poems available by this author


A DREAM OF TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a thing in me that dreamed of trees,
Subject(s): Trees


A FIRST TIME PERCY CAME BACK    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Homecoming


A LETTER FROM HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: She sends me news of bluejays, frost
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


A THOUSAND MORNINGS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: All night my heart makes its way
Subject(s): Morning


A VISITOR    Poem Text    
First Line: My father, for example, / who was young once
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


AN OLD WHOREHOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: We climbed through a broken window
Subject(s): Innocence; Prostitution; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


AT BLACK RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: All day / its dark, slick bronze strokes
Subject(s): Crocodiles


AUGUST    Poem Text    
First Line: Our neighbor, tall and blonde and vigorous, the mother
Subject(s): Neighbors; Sickness; Illness


AUNT ELSIE'S NIGHT MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Aunt elsie hears


BANYAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Something screamed / from the fringes of the swamp
Subject(s): Banyan Trees


BESIDE THE WATERFALL    Poem Text    
First Line: At dawn / the big dog
Subject(s): Dogs


BONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Understand, I am always trying to figure out
Subject(s): Soul


BREAKAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I go down to the edge of the sea
Subject(s): Leisure; Marine Animals; Sea; Ocean


CLAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Each one is a small life, but sometimes long, if its
Subject(s): Clams


COLD POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Cold now. / close to the edge. Almost
Subject(s): Cold


COMING HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: When we're driving, in the dark
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers; Homecoming


DEATH AT A GREAT DISTANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The ripe, floating caps
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: All night / the dark buds of dreams


EVERY MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: I read the papers
Subject(s): Newspapers; Journalism; Journalists


FALL    Poem Text    
First Line: The black oaks
Subject(s): Oak Trees; Autumn; Fall


FIVE A.M. IN THE PINEWOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: I'd seen / their hoofprints in the deep
Subject(s): Environment; Nature; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


FLARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Welcome to the silly, comforting poem
Subject(s): Life; Poetry & Poets


FORTY YEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: For forty years / the sheets of white paper have
Subject(s): Language; Words; Vocabulary


GOLDFINCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Some goldfinches were having a melodious argument at the edge of a puddle
Subject(s): Goldfinches


HAWK    Poem Text    
First Line: This morning / the hawk / rose up
Subject(s): Birds


HERONS IN WINTER IN THE FROZEN MARSH    Poem Text    
First Line: All winter / two blue herons
Subject(s): Herons; Winter


HONEY AT THE TABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: It fills you with the soft
Subject(s): Honey


HUMM    Poem Text    
First Line: What is this dark hum among the roses?
Subject(s): Bees; Beekeeping


HUMMINGBIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: The female, and two chicks
Subject(s): Hummingbirds


HUMPBACKS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is, all around us
Subject(s): Environment; Sea Monsters; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Sea Serpents


HURRICANE    Poem Text    
First Line: It didn't behave
Subject(s): Hurricanes


IN BLACKWATER WOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: Look, the trees
Subject(s): Forests; Nature; Woods


IN MALAYSIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Moonlight / washes the red tiles
Subject(s): Malaysia; Nature


IN OUR WOODS, SOMETIMES A RARE MUSIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Every spring / I hear the thrush singing
Subject(s): Thrushes


LANDSCAPE    Poem Text    
First Line: Isn't it plain the sheets of moss, except that
Subject(s): Nature; Crows


LINES WRITTEN IN THE DAYS OF GROWING DARKNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Every year we have been
Subject(s): Nature


LONELY, WHITE FIELDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Every night / the owl / with his wild monkey-face
Subject(s): Nature


LONG AFTERNOON AT THE EDGE OF LITTLE SISTER POND    Poem Text    
First Line: As for life, / I'm humbled
Subject(s): Life; Love


MARENGO    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of the sump rise the marigolds.
Subject(s): Death; Swamps; Dead, The; Bogs; Fens; Marshes


MOCKINGBIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: This morning
Subject(s): Mockingbirds


MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Salt shining behind its glass cylinder
Subject(s): Morning; Cats


MORNING GLORIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Blue and dark blue
Subject(s): Flowers; Morning Glories


MORNING POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Every morning / the world / is created
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


NEXT TIME    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Nature


ONE HUNDRED WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS ON A SUMMER DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Fat / black, slick
Subject(s): Dolphins; Porpoises


OPOSSUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Beauty of fox, lemur, panther
Subject(s): Nature


ORION    Poem Text    
First Line: I love orion, his fiery body, his ten stars
Subject(s): Orion (Constellation)


PEONIES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: This morning the green fists of the peonies are getting ready
Subject(s): Peonies


PIPEFISH    Poem Text    
First Line: In the green / and purple weeds
Subject(s): Environment; Nature; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: The spirit / / ikes to dress up like this
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


POEM FOR MY FATHER'S GHOST    Poem Text    
First Line: Now is my father
Subject(s): Family Life; Fathers; Relatives


POEM OF THE ONE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: This morning / the beautiful white heron
Subject(s): Herons; Nature; Beauty


POPPIES    Poem Text    
First Line: The poppies send up their
Subject(s): Poppies


RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: All afternoon it rained, then
Subject(s): Rain; Barbed Wire; Swamps; Fathers; Gardens & Gardening; Forests; Life; Bogs; Fens; Marshes; Woods


SELF-PORTRAIT    Poem Text    
First Line: I wish I was twenty and in love with life
Subject(s): Aging; Regret


SEVEN WHITE BUTTERFLIES    Poem Text    


SINGAPORE    Poem Text    
First Line: In singapore, in the airport
Subject(s): Singapore; Airports; Restroom Attendants


SLEEPING IN THE FOREST    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought the earth remembered me,
Subject(s): Sleep; Nature


SNAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: And here is the serpent again
Variant Title(s): Spring
Subject(s): Animals; Snakes; Serpents; Vipers


SONG OF THE BUILDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: On a summer morning
Subject(s): Crickets; Conduct Of Life


SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Somehwere / a black bear
Subject(s): Spring


SPRING (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: And here is the serpent again
Subject(s): Spring


STARFISH    Poem Text    
First Line: In the sea rocks, / in the stone pockets
Subject(s): Starfish


STARLINGS IN WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Chunky and noisy
Subject(s): Starlings


THE BLACK SNAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: When the black snake / flashed onto the morning road
Subject(s): Animals; Snakes; Serpents; Vipers


THE BLACK WALNUT TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother and I debate: / we could sell
Subject(s): Environment; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


THE CHANCE TO LOVE EVERYTHING    Poem Text    
First Line: All summer I made friends
Subject(s): Animals


THE DEER    Poem Text    
First Line: You never know.
Subject(s): Deer


THE DIPPER    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I saw / in a quick-falling, white-veined stream
Subject(s): Birds; Nature; Pleasure


THE HERMIT CRAB    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I looked inside
Subject(s): Crabs


THE JOURNEY    Poem Text    
First Line: One day you finally knew


THE KINGFISHER    Poem Text    
First Line: The kingfisher rises out of the black wave
Subject(s): Kingfishers


THE KITTEN    Poem Text    
First Line: More amazed than anything
Subject(s): Cats


THE LOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Not quite four a.M., when the rapture of being alive
Subject(s): Insomnia; Books; Loons; Sleeplessness; Reading


THE MANGO    Poem Text    
First Line: One evening / I met the mango
Subject(s): Mangoes


THE MOTHS    Poem Text    
First Line: There's a kind of white moth I don't know
Subject(s): Moths


THE PLACE I WANT TO GET BACK TO    Poem Text    
First Line: Is where / in the pinewoods
Subject(s): Forests; Deer; Gratitude; Woods


THE POET GOES TO INDIANA    Poem Text    
First Line: I'll tell you a half-dozen things
Subject(s): Indiana; Country Life


THE POET VISITS THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS    Poem Text    
First Line: For a long time
Subject(s): Art & Artists


THE SHARK    Poem Text    
First Line: The domed head rose above the water, white
Subject(s): Sharks


THE SNOWSHOE HARE    Poem Text    
First Line: The fox / is so quiet
Subject(s): Rabbits; Hares


THE SON    Poem Text    
First Line: The son my father never had
Subject(s): Daughters


THE SUMMER DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Who made the world?
Subject(s): Grasshoppers; Life


THE SUN    Poem Text    
First Line: Have you ever seen
Subject(s): Sun


THE SWAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river?
Subject(s): Swans; Beauty


THE SWIMMING LESSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Feeling the icy kick, the endless waves
Subject(s): Survival


THE WATERFALL    Poem Text    
First Line: For all they said
Subject(s): Waterfalls


THE WINTER WOOD ARRIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: I think / I could have
Subject(s): Winter


TOM DANCERS GIFT OF A WHITEBARK PINE CONE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You never know what opportunity is going to travel to you, or through you.
Subject(s): Exrement; Bears; Pine Trees


UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, BOSTON    Poem Text    
First Line: The trees on the hospital lawn
Subject(s): Healing; Cures


WALKING TO OAK-HEAD POND, AND THINKING OF THE PONDS I WILL VISIT IN THE NEXT DAYS AND WEEKS    Poem Text    
First Line: What is so utterly invisible
Subject(s): Ponds; Future


WHAT I HAVE LEARNED SO FAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Meditation is old and honorable, so why should I
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


WHAT IS IT?    Poem Text    
First Line: Who can say / is it a snowy egret?
Subject(s): Nature; Animals


WHEN DEATH COMES    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


WHEN I AM AMONG TREES    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Trees


WHERE DOES THE DANCE BEGIN, WHERE DOES IT END?    Poem Text    
First Line: Don't call this world adorable, or useful, that's not it
Subject(s): Nature


WHITE-EYES    Poem Text    
First Line: In winter / all the singing is in
Subject(s): Birds; Winter


WHY I WAKE EARLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Hello, sun in my face
Subject(s): Morning; Sun


WILD GEESE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: You do not have to be good
Subject(s): Geese; Despair; Conduct Of Life


WINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw the heron


WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: And the waves / gush pearls
Subject(s): Nature


WINTER AND THE NUTHATCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Once or twice and maybe again, who knows
Subject(s): Nuthatches; Winter


WORK (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a woman sixty years old and of no special courage
Subject(s): Earth; Labor & Laborers; World; Work; Workers