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Thursday, December 03, 2015

Poetry Friday--Felicity

Reading Mary Oliver's newest book of poetry, Felicity [818.54 OLI] is like opening a bag of potato chips. You can't eat just one and before you know it, you've finished the whole bag. However, there is no guilt involved in reading every poem in this slim volume. Each one is a non-caloric treat that actually provides nourishment for the soul.


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!




20 comments:

  1. I am green in envy. I love Mary Oliver and this poem is just beautiful. I recently listened to a podcast where the poet gave a rare interview and she mentioned having grown to love Rumi and how at this point in her life she has grown more spiritual. This poem reflect that in some ways, believing in something more than reason and proof.

    Thank you for sharing this. I am in constant search for Oliver's poetry. :)

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    1. I will look for that interview!

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  2. Thanks for sharing. It sounds like a wonderful collection, and I lvoe this poem, especially those closing lines: only if there are angels in your head will you
    ever, possibly, see one.

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    1. Those are the lines that grabbed me, too. I wrote them down to use in my angels project.

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  3. "Felicity" is a word to dwell in & it's clear this is a poetry collection that can be a catalyst for wearing that
    elusive feeling, especially when we are world-weary. Appreciations, Diane.

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    1. Extremely world-weary this week.

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  4. Oh, those Rumi lines are some of my favorite lines ever! Just love the freedom in that, the moving beyond what is expected/allowed... thank you. And thank you for talking about Mary Oliver's newest, which I have yet to read. Happy Poetry Friday, Diane! xo

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    1. We have a big fat Rumi volume on the shelf here at the Library. I need to delve into it.

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  5. Diane, this is a perfect entry to the Christmas season because it brings me back to a spiritual playing field as I prepare for the holidays. Thank you for bringing the message of Oliver to us.

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    1. I'm not a particularly spiritual person, but I do like the way she approaches things.

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  6. Diane, Thank you for sharing this. Guess what I'm going to put on my Christmas list? I've included a Mary Oliver quote in my post today too at www.poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com
    Mary Oliver is a favorite and Rumi enchants me every time I read him.

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    1. I'll check out your post as soon as I go home.

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  7. Another one for the wish list! Thanks for being an angel and sharing today. :)

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    1. Angel, I'm not! But, thanks...

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  8. Oooh, just added this to my wish list. Thanks for featuring it and reminding me to do that!

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    1. Santa's always looking for gift ideas!

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  9. Me too...adding this book to my gottareaditsoon list!

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  10. Love, love, love Mary Oliver. Thanks so much for sharing this beauty!

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  11. I am longing for this book - but I have a feeling my husband has bought it for me for Christmas...which seems an awfully long time to have to wait!

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  12. On my wish list in 3, 2, 1...

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