Mary Oliver quotes

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My grandmother stood among her kettles and ladles.
Smiling, in faulty grammar,
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Poetry isn't a profession, it's a way of life. It's an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that.
the hatchlings wake in the swaying branches,
in the silver baskets,
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All my life
I have been restless--
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When it's over I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
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