Reading for Writers: Another Side of Mary Oliver

Date: 8/11/18

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Saturday

Time: 9:00 - 12:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Open to All Levels

Genre: Poetry

• Regular: $52.50
• Member: $47.25
• Low-Income: $36.75

Mary Oliver is justly celebrated as America's foremost living nature poet. Yet a lesser known but crucial side of her work rigorously registers her response to the human world and the demands of personal and national morality and integrity in our time. This half-day class explores, through the lens of her poetry, Oliver's achievement not only in surviving but growing as a person and artist into her ninth decade.

We will look at her early struggles with self-definition in an abusive family situation, and touch on some of the mentors and literary models who helped her, as she has said recently, save her own life through a dedication to poetry. We'll watch her grappling with the geopolitical cruelties of war, poverty, and injustice in concert with her attempts at coming to terms with the impersonal cycles of life and death of the natural world. Finally, we'll discover how she accommodates encroaching age and the emotional crisis of a long-time partner's death. Throughout, we'll note a growing self-acceptance and openness to experience in Oliver's poetic conversation with the world, enlarging our view of her work and how it fits into a fulfilled human life.

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