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Mary Oliver’s Grass Roots Poetry

Dee Horne

Mary Oliver’s Grass Roots Poetry examines the poetry and essays of Pulitzer Prize winner 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 while also respecting differences, Oliver creates a grassroots poetics and an environmental ethics that invite readers to rethink our responsibilities and how we interact with others, human and nonhuman, animate and inanimate. Respectful coexistence with differences is necessary for the survival of all.

Gratitudes – Introduction: Attending to the Anthropocene: Cultivating Attentiveness – Entering the Conversation: Mary Oliver’s Essays – Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Mary Oliver’s Ecotone Amid Nature Writing and Eco-Poetics – "The Gull Beat the Air with Its Good Wing" – "Such Unforced Love": Mary Oliver Re-thinks Domestication – Conclusion: The Overview – Index.