The death of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver earlier this year has created a resurgence of interest in her poetry. It has been said “her poems are always relational. She is full of praise and gratitude. She asks us questions, invites us into her space, only to gently to direct our gaze out again into the world." She constantly encourages us to take on her own practice of re-seeing what it means to be alive. Her life remained enmeshed in the visceral landscape of nature. Her poems increasingly became prayer-poems.
Come to the natural world at Genesis during this Autumn. Let’s re-examine some of Mary Oliver’s poems as they lead us into our own noticing, questions and prayer.
$40, lunch included
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia