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A Year with Rilke: Daily Readings from the Best of Rainer Maria Rilke
by Joanna Macy & Anita Barrows (translated and edited by)

AVAILABILITY: Readily available as of 11/17/09

Publication Date: November 2009
Publisher: Harper Collins
Binding: Hardcover
Topics: Poetry, Prose, Letters

Description: In 'A Year with Rilke', Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy, the translators of Rilke’s 'The Book of Hours: Poems about God' team up again to offer daily readings from the beloved poet Rainer Maria Rilke, the newest addition to HarperOne’s “Year with” series. Including selections from Rilke’s luminous poetry, his piercing prose, and his intimate letters, 'A Year with Rilke' is the perfect introduction to the depth and breadth of Rilke’s work and will leave the reader inspired throughout the year.

One of the most beloved poets of the twentieth century, Rainer Maria Rilke is widely celebrated for his depth of insight and timeless relevance. He has influenced generations of writers with his classic 'Letters to a Young Poet', and his reflections on the divine and our place in the world are disarmingly profound. 'A Year with Rilke' provides the first ever reading from Rilke for every day of the year, including selections from his luminous poetry, his piercing prose, and his intimate letters and journals.

Rilke is a trusted guide amid the bustle of our daily experience, reflecting on such themes as impermanence, the beauty of creation, the voice of God, and the importance of solitude. With new translations from the editors, whose acclaimed translation of Rilke's 'The Book of Hours' won an ardent readership, this collection reveals the depth and breadth of Rilke's acclaimed work.

Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, Ph.D., is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with four decades of activism. Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. The many dimensions of this work are explored in her books Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age (New Society Publishers, 1983); Dharma and Development (Kumarian Press, 1985); Thinking Like a Mountain (with John Seed, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess; New Society Publishers, 1988; New Society/New Catalyst, 2007); Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory (SUNY Press, 1991); Rilke's Book of Hours (1996, 2005); In Praise of Mortality (with Anita Barrows, Riverhead, 2004); Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World (with Molly Young Brown, New Society Publishers, 1998); Joanna's memoir entitled Widening Circles (New Society, 2000); and World as Lover, World as Self (Parallax Press, 2007). She lives in Berkeley, California, near her children and grandchildren.

Anita Barrows is a poet, teacher, psychologist, translator, essayist, and novelist. She has published translations from French, Italian, and German in Britain and America; translating the work of Marguerite Duras, Helene Cixous, Julia Kristeva, Umberto Saba, and Rainer Maria Rilke. Her translation of Rilke's Book of Hours (Riverhead, l996) has sold more than 25,000 copies to date. Barrows's books of poetry include: The Road Past the View (Quarterly Review of Literature Contemporary Poetry Series Award winner, l992), and A Record (Riverstone Press Award winner, l998). Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, such as The Nation, Bridges, and Prairie Schooner.

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