Oliver has divided her collection into three chapters and has begun each chapter with quotes from the 13th-century Persian poet, Rumi. Here's one for the chapter titled, "Felicity": "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there." In today's world, this is particularly resonant.
Oliver tells us about "The World I Live In," in this:
I have refused to live
locked in the orderly house of
reasons and proofs.
The world I live in and believe in
is wider than that. And anyway,
what's wrong with Maybe?
You wouldn't believe what once or
twice I have seen. I'll just
tell you this:
only if there are angels in your head will you
ever, possibly, see one.
Felicity would make a great holiday gift or a stocking stuffer even for those who may not have read much poetry in the past. Oliver has a talent for saying things succinctly and making ideas accessible to the average reader.
I'll meet you at Buffy's Blog for today's Poetry Friday Round-Up!