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With this new anthology of poetry, Bly touches upon the current controversy surrounding religion, spirituality, and how we can evoke the two meaningfully into our modern lives. Divided into 10 sections, each one exploring a different aspect of spiritual questioning, mythical symbolism, amd mystical faith which has resonated across cultures and throughout time.
by Rainer Maria Rilke
Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors
which it passes to a row of ancient trees.
You look, and soon these two worlds both leave you,
one part climbs toward heaven, one sinks to earth,
leaving you, not really belonging to either,
not so hopelessly dark as that house that is silent,
not so unswervingly given to the eternal as that thing
that turns to a star each night and climbs
leaving you (it is impossible to untangle the threads)
your own life, timid and standing high and growing,
so that, sometimes blocked in, sometimes reaching out,
one moment your life is a stone in you, and the next, a star.