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By the time Maurice Oliver reached the age of six, he had already decided he would become a photographer. He ended up spending almost a decade in the pursuit of that career, living and working as a freelancer in Europe. Then, in 1995, after returning to America, he made another life-long dream reality by traveling around the world. But instead of taking pictures, he used the same acute sense of creativity to record the eight-month experience in a journal, which eventually became hundreds of poems. He says, "the transition from observing our world through a lens to pen and paper came naturally". His poetry reflects that same feeling of adventure and discovery with clarity and simplicity which he says is dictated to him by some divine power or spirit, enabling him to follow where his imagination leads.