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Mary Oliver’s Grass Roots Poetry

Dee Horne

This book examines the poetry and essays of Pulitizer prize awarded Mary Oliver. Her writing offers an environmental ethics that is relevant to readers interested not only in poetry, but also environmental writing. She neither replicates hierarchical relationships nor romanticizes nature. In situating all as kin, one family, while also respecting differences, Oliver creates a grass roots poetics and an environmental ethics that invite all readers to re-think our responsibilities and how we interact with others: human and non- human, animate and inanimate. Respectful co-existence with differences is necessary for the survival of all.