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Fire in the Earth

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Paperback, 88 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Many Rivers Pr
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The poetry of David Whyte is one of the most powerful I have ever read. It speaks directly to the soul, that hidden flame, that too often unheard voice... His words speak of something old, deep, something true and terrible in its beauty and fury. It's Nature in its raw and overwhelming presence.

There's not enough praise in me to convey how powerful and beautiful and beyond moving these poems are. A lot of adjectives; that's all I have. Adjectives and words: fire, belonging, body, earth, mountai
Tracy Speed
Excellent book of poetry.
I'd give it five stars for one poem alone, "Self Portrait." No matter how old I get, that one makes my heart beat faster every time.
David Roberts
Great poems, all with a "Fire" theme. I like "May Rivers" better, but this is very good poetry.

Every piece in this collection touches my soul. Really incredible work.
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Poet David Whyte grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills and valleys of his father’s Yorkshire. He now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

The author of seven books of poetry and three books of prose, David Whyte holds a degree in Marine Zoology and has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in th
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“It doesn't interest me if there is one God
or many gods.
I want to know if you belong or feel
If you know despair or can see it in others.
I want to know
if you are prepared to live in the world
with its harsh need
to change you. If you can look back
with firm eyes
saying this is where I stand. I want to know
if you know
how to melt into that fierce heat of living
falling toward
the center of your longing. I want to know
if you are willing
to live, day by day, with the consequence of love
and the bitter
unwanted passion of your sure defeat.

I have heard, in that fierce embrace, even
the gods speak of God.”
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