This Wild and Precious Life: A Journal by Mary Oliver

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This Wild and Precious Life is 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 Wild and Precious Life gives readers an opportunity, for the first time, to engage personally in a written conversation with the beloved poet, page by page.