Greetings poets and poetry lovers!
The September 2018 Poetry Book of the Month is The Bell and the Blackbird by David Whyte.
Here's what the publisher had to say about this work:
The Bell and the Blackbird, looking at the traumas, joy, griefs, surprises, humour and essential conversations all human beings come to experience in even the most average life.
This morning should help participants set a course for their own future life by following David's own parallel journey from the ancient and mythic of his mother's Ireland to the contemporary pilgrim places of Connemara and the Islands of the far Celtic West, from the mist-shrouded moors of his native Yorkshire to the bedsides of those about to take the greatest journey any of us can take into the unknown. Above all, the morning should convey a sense of the extraordinary, the numinous and the suddenly understood in what we inaccurately call the everyday.
"The poet lives and writes at the frontier between deep internal experience and the revelations of the outer world. There is no going back once this frontier has been reached; a new territory is visible and what has been said cannot be unsaid.
Poetry is a break for freedom. In a sense all poems are good; all poems are an emblem of courage and the attempt to say the unsayable; but only a few are able to speak to something universal yet personal and distinct at the same time; to create a door through which others can walk into what previously seemed unobtainable realms, in the passage of a few short lines." -David Whyte
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