Reader B points out this (INCONTHEIVABLE!!) article about American poet superstar Mary Oliver, not only selling out a 2500 seat venue, but actually sparking near riots online as people try to score tickets to the event.
“There’s a very great concentration of Mary Oliver fanatics in the Northwest,” says Helene Atwan, Oliver’s editor, who heads Beacon Press, the poet’s publisher. “She’s a premier poet of nature, and Northwest people are so attuned to that. Mary could be a rock star there.”
Poet as rock star may be a strange notion outside of places like Russia, but Oliver has become a poetry phenomenon.
She regularly dominates the national poetry best-seller list put out by the Poetry Foundation. The current list has four Oliver titles in the top seven spots, including her most recent book, “Thirst,” in the pre-eminent position. There are more than half a million copies of Oliver’s work in print.