Co-Host - JohnnyBlaze ( also the amazing artist who rendered Oliver's portrait ) Part VIII in an ongoing series introducing serious writers of DUP to the most well-known poets, both classical and modern.
Mary Oliver ( b 09.10.1935 ) is an “indefatigable guide to the natural world,” wrote Maxine Kumin in the Women’s Review of Books, “particularly to its lesser-known aspects.” Oliver’s verse focuses on the quiet of occurrences of nature: industrious hummingbirds, egrets, motionless ponds, “lean owls / hunkering with their lamp-eyes.” Kumin noted that Oliver “stands quite comfortably on the margins of things, on the line between earth and sky, the thin membrane that separates human from what we loosely call animal.” Her awards include:
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
1984 · American Primitive
National Book Award for Poetry
1992 · New and Selected Poems
PEN New England Award
1991 · The House of Light
Goodreads Choice Awards Best Poetry
2012 · A Thousand Mornings Guidelines
Write a new poem honoring Oliver from one of the following poetry titles. Bonus points if you actually read the poem and include a reference other than the title within it.
1) The Journey
2) Sleeping in the Forest
3) Wild Geese
4) Poem ( the spirit likes to dress up )
5) Morning Poem
6) The Swan
8) Song of the Builders
9) Where Does the Dance Begin, Where Does it End?
10) When Death Comes
11) A Dream of Trees
12) Mindful The Rules
1. One entry per DUP persona.
2. No erotica; this is open to all ages and can't be viewed with an ECW.
3. No exact word limit; however, attempt to keep it no more than 250 - 300.
4. Any form is acceptable.
5. Hashtag your poem #MaryOliver and link to your poem here. Do NOT copy paste your poem to the competition. The point is to eventually direct visitors searching for Oliver to your poem via the hashtag we hope will eventually be implemented by the Webmiss.
Comp will be judged by a panel including myself. You have one month; best of luck to all entrants.