Tell me, what is it you plan to doMary Oliver
with your one wild and precious life?
These two wonderful lines - the last two lines of Oliver's 'The Summer Day' - are the perfect preface to a novel I just reviewed today for Radio NZ: Isabel Allende's Maya's Notebook. Which is why it's on my mind.
What better question could there be? In fact, the whole of the poem is a wonderful thing. It's about the art of paying attention - showing 'love', in effect - and thereby transforming both the thing we pay attention to and ourselves. Which is what Isabel Allende believes and is in evidence, in all its glory, in her most recent novel.