“You only have to let the soft animal of your body / love what it loves.”

I’ve repeated and mulled over these lines from Mary Oliver’s poem “Wild Geese” for hours. And this poem has been quoted to me and sent to me and uttered in ways few others have. It’s a testament to the power of her verse and its capacity to speak so deeply to so many types of people and personalities.

Yet we rarely hear her read her own work. So, from a living room in suburban Florida, she read “Wild Geese” for our program, “Listening to the World”. It’s magical, and how it came into being is surprising:

Photo by Liz West

Listen. It’s worth it.

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