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River Flow: New & Selected Poems 1984-2007

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David Whyte's body of work reflects the depth and breadth of a maturing artist, taking its readers on a passage through time and place, allowing us to bear witness to the constellation of difficulties, triumphs, adventures, losses, hopes and revelations that have shaped one particular human life. RIVER FLOW contains over one hundred poems selected from five previously publ ...more
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by Many Rivers Pr
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Julie
David Whyte spoke at Town Hall, Seattle on December 2, 2011. I had never heard of him, but a dear friend insisted that my husband and I attend with her and her daughters. She so believed in David's poetry and his message that she bought our tickets and made certain our calendars were free so we had no excuses.

I will be forever grateful to this loving friend. I sat transfixed for the two hours David spoke, recited his poems and a handful of others that have inspired him through the years. He rec
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Ward Bell
Poetry is so personal and my taste for it evolves. As I write, Whyte continues, after years, to hold me spellbound.

Whyte poems are jewels of story telling operating at multiple levels of meaning. I have little capacity for tone poems; I need them to speak straight. Not a problem of antique language (I love Shakes, Dunne, Milton); I just need to read it without knowing the secret, hidden references and the poet's biog.

You can't put a book of poetry on the "read it" shelf; it just won't stay ther
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Elise
Getting to hear David Whyte recite his own poetry last year took me several stratospheres deeper into my love of and ability to connect with poetry. New vistas have opened up!
Devon
David Whyte is a poet of remarkable depth. Born of an Irish mother, David oozes a distinct trace of that ancient personality, and the deliberate process of Irish poetry is ingrained in his work.

Whyte deals in universal themes; identity, home, and the sense of belonging. His attention to the detail of his prose is infectious to the point that every person who speaks about him can only use a voice that that doesn't belong to them in describing the man. He has a peculiar ability to unearth a vocabu
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Deborah
Excellent collection of poems. Thought provoking too.
Elisabeth
David Whyte is one of my favorite poets (along with Mary Oliver and Robert Bly among others), and this book is a wonderful collection of some of his best older poems and some amazingly beautiful new ones. I highly recommend it to any poetry lover or anyone who is new to poetry and wants to start with accessible but absolutely beautiful poems.
Deborah
I really want to buy a copy of this book. The poems span many years and subjects, which touch on Blake, friendship, grief, English and Irish landscapes, too many to describe and all with clear story lines. Remarkable the way David Whyte captures deep experience in clear and simple vocabulary.
Naomi
Poems to savor and revisit, year after year, compose the majority of this selection. Whyte is a meditative poet, following a muse to an insight, an image, a moment of wonder and often ending at the edge of what comes next.
Karin
David Whyte is my new favorite poet. When reading his poems, I can almost hear him recite them. Not all touched my heart in the same way, but the ones that do I will carry with me for many years to come!
Anna Beth
Incredible! I always go back to this book time and time again. It will be in the "currently reading" category forever.I keep it on my nightstand like a bible.
Kathleen
excerpt the journey:

sometimes everything
has to be
inscribed across
the heavens

so you can find
the one line
already written
inside you
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Love this book! Great collection of insightful poetry by David Whyte.
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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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