Mary Oliver is an Ohio-born poet who has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for American Primitive in 1993 and the National Book Award for New and Selected Poems in 1992. “Singapore” from the 1990 House of Light recalls a white woman’s encounter with a Singapore woman in an airport bathroom and explores issues of labor, cultural difference, and understanding. Oliver’s poem invites dialogue on globalization, attitudes about employment, and relationships across difference.
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Originally published in House of Light (1990)
Reading - Short Enough to Read Aloud.
What causes division between people and groups?What makes it possible for us to connect to others? What gets in the way?What prevents us from being compassionate?What is wisdom? How do we learn how to make wise choices?What does it mean to have a “calling”?What is the value of work for me? For my community?