Mary Oliver at Clowes 

Judging poets is a tricky and ultimately unfair business. That said, it is hard to think of a poet writing today whose work is as profoundly beautiful as Mary Oliver’s. Oliver is one of our most decorated poets — the Pulitzer, the National Book Award — she is also the best selling female contemporary poet in the United States. But what really sets her apart is her uncanny ability to observe and evoke the natural world. Maxine Kumin has called her “a patroller of wetlands in the same way that Thoreau was an inspector of snowstorms.”

Oliver also does a fine job of reading her wonderful poems in public, something you can experience for yourself Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. when she appears at Clowes Hall as part of the Butler Writer’s Series. A free ticket is required for this event. You can get tickets at the Clowes Hall box office on the Butler University campus. For more information call 317-274-2455. Oliver’s appearance here is co-sponsored by the Hoosier Environmental Council, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis and Butler’s Center for Faith and Vocation.

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