Dear Mary,

In the year 1712, a dark 300 years ago, Alexander Pope published his first version of The Rape of the Lock. Today, we remember the poet but not the poem. In the year 2312, a bright 300 years from now, who could forget Mary Oliver, "the little owl who lives in the forest," the woman who "vanished at least a dozen times into something better," the poet, always "willing to be dazzled."
Thank you, Mary Oliver. You are exactly what the earth wanted.
Jack Cooper