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Remembering nature poet Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose work focused on nature, passed away on January 17.

Many of Oliver’s poems focus on the connection between nature and the spiritual world, and her titles — such as “The Swan” and “The Rabbit” — reflect this. She is perhaps most well-known to have penned the question: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Her work appeared in publications such as The New Yorker and made many best-selling lists.

She is revered in the conservation world for bringing attention to nature and the spiritual connection that humanity has to it.

Read an obituary here.

Olivia DeSmit is a staff writer for Conservation International.

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