By David Whyte Riverhead Books, 2002 Review by Margo McPhillips on Feb 12th 2003
It does not take much to spark
the imagination, but just what will do it is always the question, and the
answers can be very queer indeed.Georgia OKeeffe wrote home: I got half-a-dozen paintings from that
shattered plate. Someone else may
simply have gotten a cleaning job.
Cameron, J. (2002) Walking in
This World New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam
Unknown Sea is written by the genuine, work-a-day poet, David Whyte; working as
such in the Fortune 500 corporate world.In this book he shows and tells how to use ones work life to experience
and express ones real Self and how that Self can transforms ones work life.
enjoyed this book because Whyte practices what he preaches and it shines forth
in his story examples.His examples are
personal, coming from his own life and struggle to grow and become himself, and
it did not surprise me when I learned that that Self was a poet at heart.Poet is what makes his life story examples
so attractive and instructional. Though I feel Whyte was meant to write this
book (I dont believe an academic or blue collar worker could have), it is a
book written for anyone and everyone, no matter what their calling.
This is the
crux of Whytes thesis; one should follow ones calling and work as one is
guided by ones desires and aptitudes.Choosing or working at a job or career one is not suited to by nature is
a mistake but one many people make.Whyte shows why and how to get back in touch with ones nature and get
back on track and why it is so important for people to do so.
This is not a
how-to book.There are no lists or
instructions to follow.It is a book
for the heart and only the heart can read it.As such, parts will be difficult reading for some. Fortunately though,
the author has spent some time in the corporate world as a purely corporate
type, putting aside the poet in him and being an administrator.He tells this story too and how he got back
to writing poetry and what the costs and benefits were of doing so.Now he works in the corporate world, using
his poetry self to help those who have left behind their creative, inner selves
to regain them.
recommend this book to anyone bored with their worklife or with themselves; the
book helps those stuck, either way.
Margo McPhillips is a 1972 graduate of the University of
Maryland with a Bachelors degree in Sociology. She is currently interested in
the use of books on the Web, bibliotherapy, genealogy as an online
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