Blue Horses by Mary Oliver
(Penguin Press, 2014, 96 pages)
These poems are beautiful meditations on the transcendent and personal qualities of nature and her creatures. I love the simplicity and directness of Oliver’s language. In the poem “A Little Ado About This and That,” she says that “I would like people to remember of me, how / inexhaustible was her mindfulness” (69). I would be hard pressed to come up with a better way of expressing the perceptive quality of her poems. Oliver has the subtle power to make her readers more mindful of the environment that surrounds them and their own place within it.