The Leaf And The Cloud: A Poem

With piercing clarity and craftsmanship, Mary Oliver has fashioned an unforgettable poem of questioning and discovery, about what is observable and what is not, about what passes and what persists. As the U.S. Poet Laureate, Stanley Kunitz, has said: "Mary Oliver's poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her special gift is to connect us with our sources in the natural world, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations." The Boston Globe has called Mary Oliver "a great poet . . . she is amazed but not blinded." And the Miami Herald has said: "The gift of Oliver's poetry is that she communicates the beauty she finds in the world and makes it unforgettable."

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By Charlene · ★★★★☆ · April 15, 2014
53 pages . . . one poem, with many parts, lines that had meaning to me (and may have more or different meaning to me when I read them again later).
I enjoyed the spiritual connections with nature in the poem and I especially like the line, "A lifetime isn't long enough for the beauties of this w... ...more
By Dhartridge (Bayside, CA) · ★★★★★ · July 31, 2009
I reread parts of this book every so often. It's the book to read excerpts from when my ashes are scattered. Transportive. ...more
By Ashley (Copperas Cove, TX) · ★★★★★ · November 16, 2014
The Leaf and the Cloud is a long poem divided up into sections and verses. It is a gorgeous collection of observations of the natural world, questions about the world unseen, and recognition of the interconnectedness of all beings. This is a collection to own for sure; it begs to be read and rere... ...more
By Elizabeth (Carmel, IN) · ★★★★★ · July 14, 2014
Thanks to Leeann for this Mary Oliver, which I didn't have.

From "Gravel": "It is the nature of stone / to be satisfied. / It is the nature of water / to want to be somewhere else."

This summer, I feel more like stone than water.

And another line, from "Flare": "A lifetime isn't long enough for the... ...more
By Robert (Newark, DE) · ★★★★☆ · May 03, 2014
A short book of poetry, by a poet who I just found out from my sister that my Mom liked. This book was short, 5 or so longish poems, and 2 really good ones. Mary Oliver wrote these poems when she was older, and I kind of resonated with this geezer look at life. Some of her poems where a little to... ...more
By Molly (Red Wing, MN) · ★★☆☆☆ · January 13, 2015
I love the content--the setting, the natural world, the contemplation--and I've loved Oliver single poems, but this collection isn't striking me as having enough meat, enough oomph. ...more
By Ivy (The United States) · ★★★★★ · March 08, 2008
i have read this poem and its passages innumerable times: on the pacific shore, in muni trains, sunning in french pastures, in bed, in forests, around the dinner table, at parties -

the entire publication is one poem of parts and parts within those parts - it can be read in one sitting or just in... ...more
By Morgan (Grand Rapids, MI) · ★★★★☆ · September 27, 2014
Short compilation of Oliver poems. Many concern her old age and give thought to what comes next. ...more
By Gayle (Wyoming, MI) · ★★★★★ · April 07, 2014
Mary Oliver is one of favorite poets. Poems I read and reread. ...more
By Meredith (The United States) · ★★★★★ · May 18, 2014
5 stars always for Mary Oliver ...more