I recently enjoyed listening to a 2009 conversation between interviewer Michael Stone and one of my favourite poets David Whyte. The focus of the conversation was Whyte's then most recent publication The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self and Relationship (pub. 2009). He talks about vulnerability, creativity and a range of fascinating subject. For the podcast see here, under "recent media".
“ ‘Life comes to find us as much as we go out to find it.’ … could be a line from a Hallmark card, except for the radical imaginative step he asks us to take next. Life can find you, only if you are paying real attention to something other than your own concerns. If you can hear and see the essence of otherness in the world, if you can treat the world as if it is not just a backdrop to your own journey, if you can have a relationship with the world that isn’t based on triumphing over it, or complaining about it… Wordsworth tells us, that we put ourselves as the center of the world, strangely, by eliminating our concern for the smaller self. When something beautiful and overwhelming, like a waterfall, or the morning light, or the mountainside takes us outside our worries… we are put in a privileged position, that is far more than the ability to appreciate a good view. Hearing and seeing, without the filter of interpretation, is seen by Wordsworth, as the act of reaching the real conversation at last. And it is this conversation that does all the work of helping us find our way into the future.”
- David Whyte, in The Three Marriages, talking about William Wordsworth’s poem Prelude.