Carol Thayer Cox, art therapist and writer, found her own emotional therapy in the nature poetry of Pulitzer-prize-winning poet, Mary Oliver, who has been compared to literary giants, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman. Oliver’s passing early this year deeply affected Carol. As Oliver would have done, Carol gave voice in a poem to her emotion and the revelation that Oliver’s death brought home to her. The Messenger was published in this summer’s edition of Pen Woman Magazine. To fully appreciate Carol’s tribute to Mary Oliver, you may wish to glance first at this fine description of the renowned poet and her work.
Photo of Mary Oliver by Angel Valentin, New York Times, 2013