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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Many Rivers Pr; 1st edition (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932887172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932887174
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,272,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Whyte makes his home in the Pacific Northwest, where rain and changeable skies remind him of his other, more distant homes: Yorkshire, Wales and Ireland. He travels and lectures throughout the world, bringing his own and others' poetry to large audiences. He holds a degree in Marine Zoology, and is an Associate Fellow of Templeton College and the Said Business School at the University of Oxford. David Whyte is the author of six volumes of poetry and two best-selling books of prose: "Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity" and "The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America," as well as an audio lecture series.

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Whyte's ability to reach into the heart and soul of whatever he is writing about is simply breathtaking.
FayeLux
This is the ultimate collection of David's poetry; I recommend it for those new to , as well as the seasoned afficianado of Whyte's poetry or writing.
Lois Purvis
Get this book, but also check out his other volumes of poetry as well--you'll benefit greatly from his collected works!
J. Jenkins

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By FayeLux on June 9, 2007
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About ten years ago, a book of David's poetry literally fell of a bookshelf into my hands and had exactly the right poem in it for what I was going through at the time. Whyte's ability to reach into the heart and soul of whatever he is writing about is simply breathtaking. Needless to say, I was delighted to discover this collection of his writings. His works are beautifully crafted and rich with the kind of imagery and emotion that will stay with you.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Jenkins on July 7, 2007
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I've had the pleasure of working with David Whyte in several workshops and it's such a thrill to see this compilation finally on the market! David's poems are quite powerful and are each works of beauty that move the soul in a very profuond way. This book contains his best work, including many new poems that will find their way into your heart. Get this book, but also check out his other volumes of poetry as well--you'll benefit greatly from his collected works!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Renee Evanoff on December 7, 2007
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I first discovered David Whyte while attending a workshop in Hawai'i. We watched a video of his presentation before a large corporate audience of "Heart Aroused." I had never heard poetry read in that way before. I was instantly drawn in. I must say that the only thing better than reading his works is hearing him in person. His audio CD's are amazing. I listen to him while I drive the 2 hours to the nearest big town in Montana. He inspires deep thinking and the desire for knowledge of self and the universe we live in.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M.E. Estabrook on November 15, 2009
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RIVER FLOW: NEW & SELECTED POEMS 1984 - 2007

"At times gentle and peaceful, at other times, turbulent and thundering, River Flow is a magnificent collection of poetry with a vibrant voice. This beautiful book contains over one hundred fifty poems, most garnered from the author's previous works, but also including twenty-three new compositions. The table of contents organizes the poems according to topics, while noting the name of the book in which it first appeared.

David Whyte has a confident command of words, causing them to leap with emotion while drawing vivid pictures in the mind. His poems touch several dimensions of thought, from the spiritual realm to the tangible world around us. The profound and the poignant take on a heightened perception when seen through the author's eyes.

The ability of poetry to decipher our modern world is made clear throughout this book, as ideas are expressed with elegance and intuitiveness. Using this genre allows a deeper and more meaningful expression of feelings, as the themes are sensitively encased in passionate prose and lyrical language. From the petals of a flower to the purpose of life's unpredictable pathways, these words tickle the mind with tantalizing tidbits of thoughts.

To this reviewer's delight, a section of the book is devoted to Ireland. The poetry clearly captures images of the people, the politics and the impassioned personalities that make up this culture. David Whyte's words are a welcoming embrace as the "hands across the water" reach out through these pages in a gesture of friendship and familiarity.

River Flow is a graceful journey, highlighting the ebb and flow of humanity as it drifts along on words of wisdom, compassion and understanding."

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By noel on December 6, 2009
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one of many books by the best poet in the world, would suggest hearing him speak, so that when you read any of his books his magnificent voice and way of delivery will continue to reverberate within you
Noel
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Kat on February 23, 2013
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No fancy review here. If you never bought a book of poetry start with this one. If there is a man in your life who needs an armchair vacation this is his ticket. Simple and beautiful observations about life and creativity, about how much he loves his son, how the world looks after dreaming. I use it as a kind of devotional and read one a day (they are short mostly). If you leave it in the bathroom I bet it will secretly be read more often than Bowhunter. Not to imply it is not deep. It is. It is not a book full of rhyme but it is full of a wonderful rhythm. I will be
buying more of his work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Woods on July 28, 2013
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David reaches deep into your soul in the simplest most honest manner. His words leave me feeling deeply thoughtful, thankful and glad to be alive!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Merle P. Martin on February 4, 2014
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I found this a little difficult to get into. The repetition of poetry lines requires some grounding. However, I enjoyed this book so much. David Whyte's feel for life is very hopeful and refreshing. I wanted more, but I found that hearing this book a second time (and even a third) allowed me to capture nuances and thoughts that I had missed before. I recommend this book only to those with a modicum of patience. It is well worth every reading.
Dr. Merle P. Martin, "The Now Me", Big Table Press, Boston MA
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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, with his family, in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The author of six 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 the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, the Amazon and the Himalaya. He brings this wealth of experience to his poetry, lectures and workshops.

His life as a poet has created a readership and listenership in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literate world of readings that most poets inhabit, the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical enquiry and the world of vocation, work and organizational leadership.

An Associate Fellow at Templeton College and Said Business School at the University of Oxford, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with many European, American and international companies. In spring of 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Neumann College, Pennsylvania.

In organizational settings, using poetry and thoughtful commentary, he illustrates how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement; qualities needed if we are to respond to today's call for increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace. He brings a unique and important contribution to our understanding of the nature of individual and organizational change particularly through his unique perspectives on Conversational Leadership.

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