Link: Staying Alive: Mary Oliver on How Books Saved Her Life and Why the Passion for Work Is the Greatest Antidote to Pain – Mary Oliver appreciators, you will love this. If you don’t know Mary Oliver, this will introduce you to a fascinating poet. Her poetry is very often optimistic and is full of gratitude. It would be easy to assume that her life has been full of sweetness and light. But no, she has suffered, but she has not wasted her pain.