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Of nature, Mary Oliver once wrote: "It's like a schoolhouse/of little words,/thousands of words./First you figure out what each one means by itself,/the jingle, the periwinkle, the scallop/full of moonlight.//Then you begin, slowly, to read the whole story." In this radiant new collection of poems, the Provincetown-based octogenarian poet reflects on the birds, trees, artwork, memories and encounters that mark her day, transforming each into an experience that readers can savor. This National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author once remarked that she didn't want to find that she have simply been a visitor on this planet. She need not have worried.