Clarkson Potter This Wild and Precious Life: A Journal Clarkson Potter This Wild and Precious Life: A Journal
Clarkson Potter This Wild and Precious Life: A Journal Clarkson Potter This Wild and Precious Life: A Journal

This Wild and Precious Life: A Journal

By Mary Oliver


Publication Date: March 5, 2024

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A stunning journal featuring inspiring quotes from beloved poet Mary Oliver and delightful illustrations that illuminate her themes of wonder and nature.

“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Simple, direct, and profoundly feeling, Mary Oliver touched countless readers with her tender, accessible verse, expressing her love for the physical world and the powerful bonds between all living things. Her poems deftly weave close observations of nature with an evergreen state of wonder, and her essays about the craft of writing are remarkable for their intelligent yet comprehensive advice.

Oliver is a perennial touchstone for writers and nature lovers. Here for the first time is a journal that invites you to actively engage with her poetry. Flip from page to page to find a comforting, inspiring, or challenging quote from one of her poems, with an occasional poem reprinted in its entirety. The questions that weave through her poems form natural journaling prompts—from "The Gardener," for example: Have I lived enough? Have I loved enough? Or from "Gratitude": What did you notice? What was most wonderful? A list of citations for the quotes included in the back offers journalers the ability to delve deeper into Oliver's work.

With delightful nature drawings appearing alongside Oliver's celebrated verse, this journal readers them an opportunity, for the first time, to engage personally in a written conversation with the beloved poet, page by page.

About the Author

Born in a small town in Ohio, Mary Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of 28. Over the course of her long career, she received numerous awards. Her fourth book, American Primitive, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984. She died in 2019.

Author Residence: Provincetown, MA

Format: Diary

Length: 208 pages

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Publication Date: March 5, 2024

ISBN: 9780593580288

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