Letter from the House
Wanting a rich, artistic soul life, without the dark, warming intelligence of real silence and the beautiful spaciousness that arises from that silence, is like expecting an egg without the brooding heat of the mother hen.
There is a way of being in the world that is sparkling, spacious, generous, and life giving; both for ourselves and for others. There is a way of being in the world that feels besieged, set upon, defensive and life-sapping, both for ourselves and for those who come into contact with us.
The astonishing fact is that both the above lives can be lived under exactly the same circumstances. Two people in almost exactly the same context can have a radically different future ahead of them ...
David Whyte is an internationally renowned poet and author, and a scintillating and moving speaker. Behind these talents lies a very physical attempt to give voice to the wellsprings of human identity, human striving and, most difficult of all, the possibilities for human happiness.
His talks, to audiences of all persuasions, on everything from literature to leadership, heartbreak to healing; mindfulness to mythology, weave poetry, story and commentary into a moving, almost physical experience of the themes that run through every human life: joy and loss, vulnerability and vitality, courage and despair, beauty and necessary heartbreak. He draws from hundreds of memorized poems, his own and those of other beloved poets such as Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, Keats, Pablo Neruda, Fleur Adcock and the sonnets of Shakespeare.
He is the author of ten books of poetry, three books of prose on the transformative nature of work, a widely-acclaimed book of essays, and an extensive audio collection.Learn More