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At Blackwater Pond by Mary Oliver

At Blackwater Pond

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    Apr 01, 2006 | 60 Minutes

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Much of the work of the poet is a mystery, but the last labor is clear; it is the deliverance of the poem. Often this happens through a manuscript or a book, but it can occur in a vocal way also. Has everyone at some time looked up the original meaning of performance? It means, says Webster, ‘to finish, to complete.’ The poem is meant to be given away, best of all by the spoken presentation of it; then the work is complete. Which makes performance sound, does it not, like part of the life-work of the poem, which I think it is. As if the poem itself had an independent life, or the endless possibility of its own life, in minds other than the poet’s, which I think it has.–Mary Oliver, from “Performance Note,” an original essay first published in At Blackwater Pond

Table Of Contents

Music:
1 The Lark Ascending 1:03

Part One:
2 Some Herons 1:32
3 Wild Geese 1:13
4 Beans 1:15
5 The Swan 1:29
6 Bone 1:55
7 Hermit Crab 1:20
8 Goldenrod 1:35 e
9 I Looked Up 0:52
10 The Buddha’s Last Instruction 1:42
11 The Kingfisher 1:25
12 Bear 1:16
13 Some Things, Say the Wise Ones 1:11
14 Her Grave 3:15
15 Mindful 1:11
16 Lonely,White Fields 1:33
17 Where Does the Temple Begin 1:32
18 Goldfinches 1:08
19 Song of the Builders 0:43
20 Peonies 1:41
21 Five a.m. in the Pinewoods 1:30
22 The Summer Day 1:29

Music:
23 The Lark Ascending 1:36

Part Two:
24 The Sun 1:16
25 The Snow Cricket 1:40
26 Whelks 1:32
27 Hum 1:50
28 White Flowers 1:21
29 Rice 0:57
30 Little Owl Who Lives in the Orchard 1:49
31 Maybe 1:26
32 When Death Comes 1:49
33 Lingering in Happiness 0:59
34 The Ponds 1:33
35 Roses, Late Summer 1:46

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