A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver
(Penguin Press, 2012, 82 pages)
This short collection from Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver is made up of mostly short poems in dialogue with nature. Human concerns and knowledge are relativized by the vastness and complexity of nature. Human characteristics and foibles are drawn out through comparison to other animals. Among other things, Oliver’s collection reveals that we cannot fully understand ourselves without meditating upon our relationship to our natural environments and the living things with whom we share them. These poems are simple, eloquent, and profound.