Pulitzer-winning poet Mary Oliver has died at 83

Mary Oliver (b. September 10, 1935 – January 17, 2019) the Pulitzer-winning poet passed away Thursday. She was 83. Mary Oliver was an astonishing poet beloved by many and also a frequent contributor to Parabola over the years. The following poem first appeared in our Summer 2008 issue, God:


How shall I live my life?
How shall I love the one I Iove?

Once in a while how tightly the clouds hold
the stars in their arms.
Then they let them go.

—Mary Oliver