Mary Oliver’s Poem Selected to Appear in Best American Poetry 2012by Megan Sexton · February 23, 2012
Hey everyone, we’ve got an exciting bit of news to report: one of Mary Oliver’s poems from Five Points vol. 13.3 has been chosen to appear in the Best American Poetry anthology for 2012! To celebrate, here’s the poem in its entirety:
In Provincetown, and Ohio, and Alabama
Death taps his black wand and something vanishes.
Summer, winter; the thickest branch of an oak tree
for which I have a special love; three just
hatched geese. Many trees and thickets of catbrier
as bulldozers widen the bicycle path. The violets
down by the old creek, the flow itself now
raveling forward through an underground tunnel.
Lambs that, only recently, were gamboling in
the field. An old mule, in Alabama, that could
take no more of anything. And then, what follows?
Then spring again, summer and the season of
harvest. More catbrier, almost instantly rising.
(No violets, ever, or song of the old creek.)
More lambs and new green grass in the field, for
their happiness until. And some kind of yellow
flower, whose name I don’t know (but what does
that matter?) rising around and out of the half-buried,
open-mouthed (its teeth long and blackened),
breathless, holy mule.
Best American Poetry 2012 is edited by Mark Doty and hits shelves September 18, 2012. You can pre-order it now on amazon.com right here! Don’t miss out on your chance to pick up a copy!