A Thousand Mornings | Poetry Book Review

A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver
Publisher: Penguin Press
Year: 2012
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 82
Genre: Poetry

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A Thousand Mornings is a very thoughtful poetry collection by Mary Oliver. If you haven’t read any of Mary Oliver’s works yet, I highly recommend that you do. Her poetry collections usually center around nature, peace, and self-reflection. So, if you love these kinds of poems, you should check her other poetry books.

This poetry collection was such a refreshing read for me. It may be a little weird for me to say this but when I read poetry books, I sort of try to get myself into the mood that the book was supposed to give. With that said, I read A Thousand Mornings quite literally one pleasant morning. As this was a slim book, I was also able to finish it in one sitting. Reading this collection while the sun was shining bright was a very lovely experience for me. I really love how Mary Oliver reflects nature in all of her poems and how they seem to calm the readers.

Here are some of my favorite quotes and lines from the collection:

Have I lived enough?
Have I loved enough?
Have I considered Right Action enough,
have I come to any conclusion?
Have I experienced happiness with sufficient gratitude?
Have I endured loneliness with grace?
I say this, or perhaps I’m just thinking it.
Actually, I probably think too much.

“The Gardener”

Don’t you dare climb that tree
or even try, they said, or you will be
sent away to the hospital of the
very foolish, if not the other one.
and I suppose, considering my age,
it was fair advice.

Green, Green is My Sister’s House”

Let me ask you before you go!

Do you enjoy this kind of poetry, too? Have you read A Thousand Mornings or other poetry collections of Mary Oliver? Tell me your thoughts about it!