The Christmas Bird
Excerpt from Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver
Fly Away by Susie Loucks
Mary Oliver has earned numerous writing awards including the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. This essay is from Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver, just published by Penguin Press. The essay was originally published as “Bird” from the volume Owls and Other Fantasies by Mary Oliver, published by Beacon Press, Boston. Copyright 2003 by the author. Used here by permission of the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency, Inc.