Instructions For Living, via Mary Oliver


I don’t always understand Mary Oliver’s poetry, but I love the snippets of hers I come across here and there. Like the great advice I used inside this book:

Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.

That sums up a lot for me.

By the way, I made this book in Rosie Huart’s class, “Painting Poetry” at Art of the Carolinas. Rosie started and closed the class by reading one of Oliver’s poems.

I don’t always get her poetry, but The Journey took my breath away. It’s about the courage to listen to our own voice, rather than the others screaming around us. Read it, OK?

Instructions For Living, via Mary Oliver |


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