Your One Wild and Precious Life: Something for everyone

Book review: Maureen Gaffney gives the reader an expertly organised tour through life

Maureen Gaffney challenges us to a moment of revelation: what do you truly want for your one wild and precious life?  Photograph: Tom Honan

Maureen Gaffney challenges us to a moment of revelation: what do you truly want for your one wild and precious life? Photograph: Tom Honan

“Who made the world?” Mary Oliver asks in the poem that Maureen Gaffney’s new book takes its title from. The speaker is rapt by a grasshopper who has flung herself out of the protection of the grass and is eating sugar from the speaker’s hand, uncamouflaged. This tiny creature takes what she needs, snaps her wings and moves on leaving the speaker to marvel in the miracle of the exchange.

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” the speaker ends with. The intimacy of the moment invites the reader to reflect on the divine art of paying attention. In her new book, Your One Wild and Precious Life, Gaffney is advocating the same message: pay attention to where you are, what you want and allow yourself permission to get it.

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