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A fresh perspective on a beloved classic by acclaimed translators Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy.

German poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s (1875-1926) Letters to a Young Poet has been treasured for nearly a century. Rilke’s personal reflections on the vocation of writing and the experience of living urge an aspiring poet to look inward, while also offering sage wisdom on further issues including gender, solitude, and romantic love. Barrows and Macy’s translation extends this compilation of timeless advice and wisdom to a fresh generation of readers and listeners. With a new introduction and commentary, this edition places the letters in the context of today’s world and the unique challenges we face when seeking authenticity.

©2021 Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy (P)2021 Shambhala Publications

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definitely a book that should be experienced

I can see why Whoopi Goldberg suggests this read.

she is referenced it time and time again and I just had to experience this for myself.

I think that it's definitely something that everybody should experience at least once in their life.

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enlightening

Rilke's notion of God is wonderfully original and moving. That's the pearl of this little book. I will definitely relisten!

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