This program will also be streamed to our Kingsley Room. Register here if you want to watch it at the library.
Mary Oliver was one of our greatest and most beloved poets. She is often quoted by people across ages and backgrounds — and it’s fitting, since she described poetry as a sacred community ritual. “When you write a poem, you write it for anybody and everybody,” she said. Mary died on January 17, 2019, at the age of 83. She was a prolific and decorated poet whose honors included the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. In a 2015 conversation — one of the rare interviews she granted during her lifetime — she discussed the wisdom of the world, the salvation of poetry, and the life behind her writing. (The On Being Project. Original Air Date: February 5, 2015)
Mary Oliver published over 25 books of poetry and prose, including “Dream Work,” “A Thousand Mornings,” and “A Poetry Handbook.” She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984 for her book “American Primitive.” Her final work, “Devotions,” is a curated collection of poetry from her more than 50-year career.
Join us for an immersion into the poetry and person of Mary Oliver. Bring your favorite Mary Oliver poem to share, or come to listen and soak up the magic and wisdom of Mary Oliver.
Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this program is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. Registration is required.
The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.
This program will be taking place on Zoom. The invitation links will be sent via email on the day of the program. To ensure that the invitation link reaches you, check your inbox for the registration confirmation email after signing up.