Mary Oliver is one of the greatest poets of the 21st century, and her collections of poems are always touching, emotionally-powerful and inspiring. As for Upstream, it's her latest collection of essays, a truly one-of-a-kind book that will warm your heart and give you hope for the future.
The author talks about her childhood years, the struggles she had to go through when she was an adult and her ever-readiness to "get lost" in the beauty and greatness of the natural world and the world of words, rhymes, and phrases. Whitman, a profound American poet, has always been there, next to her, guiding her ever since she was a little kid. It was this poet that told Oliver a poem is not just a combination of words but a whole another universe that needs to be treated with respect and honor.
Only if you can dive into it completely will you be able to create something truly extraordinary. So, in Upstream, Mary shares her own experience with that method, that way of living and how it allowed her to create a new, exciting and refreshing life to live in and to thrive in. And nature has always been one of the biggest influences in the poet’s life, and she can't imagine her life without it.
In order to write fascinating poems one must be connected to the surrounding world, otherwise, they simply won't be strong enough to touch the heart and minds of people. A poet must observe the planet, absorb every tiny piece of beauty and "transform" it all into great poems. At the end of the day, Upstream is a wonderful collection of essays that are both engaging and breath-taking. Don't miss out on what could be a wonderful journey!