Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Mary Oliver is an American poet, born on September 10 1935 in Maple Heights, Ohio, a semi-rural suburb of Cleveland. She attended both Ohio State University and Vassar College in the mid-1950s, but did not receive a degree at either college. Oliver's poetry is grounded in memories of Ohio and her adopted home of New England. She is known for her clear and poignant observances of the natural world. Her poems are filled with imaginary from her daily walks: shore birds, water snakes, the phases of the moon and humpback whales. Her poetry combines dark intropection with joyous release. Author of more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, Oliver's first collection of poems Voyage and Other Poems, was published in 1963. In 1984, her collection of poetry, American Primitive, won The Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Oliver currently lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.