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a cacophony of notes—fairy tales, irony, polyphony, & more

More half-baked thoughts/notes on poetics and life and such…

For some reason, the following 3 excerpts all seem to me to belong together – so I’m gonna hastily cobble and stick ’em to dry here: 763 more words


you, full of sources and night

Rainer Maria Rilke

translated by Edward Snow

Ah, women, that you are here on earth, that you
move here among us, grief-filled,
no more watched over than we and yet able… 420 more words


because Rilke is a prophet

God won’t be lived like some light morning.
Whoever climbs down the shaft must give up
earth’s repleteness for the craft of mining:
stand hunched and pry him loose in tunnels.

Munich, mid-March 1919


Rilke's Book of Hours

For this month we are reading Rainer Maria Rilke’s Book of Hours. I also highly recommend his “Duino Elegies”, particularly the first couple, then if you have time move on to the “Sonnets to Orpheus. 30 more words


Spring Video, How Does Life Live?

In celebration of Spring, I’m adding a new post every day this week and came across something extraordinary to share. It’s a 12-minute video called… 124 more words


The Power of Poetry: World Poetry Day

Did you know today is World Poetry Day? As a poet, I wanted to share something about poetry today.
The top story on The Conversation… 274 more words

Adventure In Normal Life

March 20, 2017 - Early Spring

Early Spring

by Rainer Maria Rilke

Read by Emma Rye https://textspeech.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/early-spring.mp3

Harshness vanished. A sudden softness
has replaced the meadows’ wintry grey.
Little rivulets of water changed… 36 more words