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The New York Times Collects Reader Tributes to Mary Oliver

By Harriet Staff
Mary Oliver reading with a dog

The New York Times has collected passages from the late Mary Oliver's work, contributed by readers and fans who have been posting tributes. "Readers wrote of their appreciation for the hallmarks of Oliver’s work: reverence for the natural world and her frank, but comforting, descriptions of mourning," they write. The first selection:

“When Death Comes”

When it’s over, I want to say all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

Find more at the NYT.

Originally Published: January 18th, 2019