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"A Powerful alchemy of the heart." — Bill Moyers, journalist and political commentator
"This extraordinary early-draft form of some of Rilke's most famous somehow evokes, for me, Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks — it shows the same mix of surety, roughness, genius, and the sense of precipitous creative speed. Rilke's poetry always reminds us what a direct pondering of intimacy and depth might look like. I am most grateful for these muscular translations and Mark Burrows' extended introductory comments...." — Jane Hirshfield, poet and translator; author most recently of Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World
"A hauntingly beautiful book.... In these pages, Rilke dances in the dark to the tune of his own poems, his reluctant partner the elusive God he woos. The effect is irresistible: an invitation to join in the dance no reader can refuse." — Angela Alaimo O'Donnell, poet and author of Saint Sinatra & Other Poems
"In these startling poems brought to us in Mark Burrows' lucid translation, metaphor gives way to metaphor, as each verbal foray into the divine courts a mystery that can be approached but neither comprehended nor defined." — Peter S. Hawkins, Professor of Religion and Literature, Yale Divinity School
"How perfect that Mark Burrows is as fine a scholar as he is a poet. His understanding of 'the young poet' is subtle and rare; his knowledge of Rilke's language and intentions is rich and deep. It is incredible that it's taken so long to have these prayers in a single song as they were intended, but every line in this exquisite collection rewards the wait." — Dr. Stephanie Dowrick, author of Seeking the Sacred and In the Company of Rilke