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Mary Oliver

I feel my boots trying to leave the ground, I feel my heart pumping hard. I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbably beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings. — Mary Oliver, from “Starlings In Winter,” Owls… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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William Stafford

Notice What This Poem Is Not Doing The light along the hills in the morning comes down slowly, naming the trees white, then coasting the ground for stones to nominate. Notice what this poem is not doing. A house, a house, a barn, the old quarry, where the river shrugs— how much of this place… Continue reading William Stafford

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