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Happy National Poetry Month! Here’s Mary Oliver reading “The Summer Day” to get things started!

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do/with your one wild and precious life?" Mary Oliver asks in “The Summer Day.” In honor of the summer solstice, listen to her poem, which first appeared in House of Light. The audio reading is from At Blackwater Pond