Upstream / Mary Oliver

Upstream / Mary Oliver

Title: Upstream: Selected Essays Author: Mary Oliver Genre: Nonfiction, Essay Collection Publisher: Penguin Press, October 11th 2016 Pages: 178 Synopsis: Comprising a selection of essays, Upstream finds beloved poet Mary Oliver reflecting on her astonishment and admiration for the natural world and the craft of writing.   As she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, finding solace and safety within the [...]

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Room

Room

“I am alone. I have always been alone. Alone is what I am.” — Loren Eisely, “All the Strange Hours” My bedroom is small—crowded from floor to ceiling with books. Books on the shelves. Books stacked on the floor. Books overflowing onto the dressers and multiplying. Twin stacks stand atop the clear glass tank that [...]

“Not A Fish”

“Not A Fish”

If you had looked around my dorm room my first year of college, you would have seen the usual: a mini fridge topped with hard-bound textbooks; a blocky desk with a matching wooden chair that makes any butt twinge in fear; a chest of drawers bursting with unfolded jeans and sweaters; a towering set of [...]

What I Carry

What I Carry

Nothing could be heard except the crunching of stones beneath my feet, the grinding of my heels as they were pressed deeper into the trail. Already, I could see the dust settling on my once-black socks, turning them an uneven shade of brown. My eyes followed them as I placed one foot down and then [...]