The German poet Rilke wrote his Book of Hours (Das Stundenbuch) between 1899, when he was 23 years old, and 1903. The poems, sacred and intimate and not intended for the public, "came to him" in a highly inspirational way?he described it as "inner dictation"?following a visit to a monastery in Russia, where he was deeply moved by the practice of praying several times daily following a "book of hours." Barrows and Macy, accomplished poets who were born into the Judeo-Christian tradition but who have also embraced Buddhism, have carefully translated 80 of the 135 poems in the original Stundenbuch, culling some poems they felt to be weaker or less relevant to a late 20th-century reader and artfully reducing other poems to their essentials. Thus, this treasurable collection is a collaboration among three poets (or perhaps four, if one counts Rilke's insistence on the contribution of the divine!). Here is just one of many stunning moments in the extensively annotated and thoroughly prefaced collection: "All becoming has needed me./ My looking ripens things/ and they come toward me, to meet and be met." And, striking a contemporary chord: "I am living just as the century ends./ A great leaf, that God and you and I/ have covered with writing/ turns now, overhead, in strange hands." Highly recommended.?Judy Clarence, California State Univ. Lib., Hayward
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In spite of the many complaints that this book is not a literal, rhyming translation of Rilke, I found this a beautiful volume of poetry in its own right. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love Rilke's writing and am sooo pleased to get this bookPublished 5 months ago by J. L. Beauchamp
I often give this remarkable book of poetry to friends who are grieving, its eternal/universal/profound character is extraordinary.Published 7 months ago by Eager reader
We're spiritual, and we accept the possibility of a divine presence. Rilke speaks to that energy, even if he focuses on a defined God.Published 7 months ago by Julie A.
I love this book because it speaks to my soul. Because it does so, I care little about the accuracy of the literal translation. Read morePublished 7 months ago by David F