Reading Rilke’s “The Swan” … Feast on Your Life …

Beguine Again

I think it was Borges who used to remind us that poetry began as an oral tradition and that in these days of print it is still meant to be read out loud. This hit home for me recently when a friend recorded one of my poems and another read a work of mine at a funeral service.  Even though I had birthed the poems they read, the work gained new dimension for me in the delivery of these good poets with their different styles of delivery. Some people simply have a special gift – not only for writing poetry – but for reading it out loud. One such – a favorite – is English poet, David Whyte. In the video below Whyte recites and interprets Rilke’s The Swan and Walcott’s Love After Love. Though you may have read these two much-loved poems many times, I think you’ll find they’ve gained a new depth for you and a new joy after hearing David…

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