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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 9, Number 1, March 2015

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David McKee
Madison, Wisconsin, USA


Richard

While reading Rilke's "Archaic Torso of Apollo," he comes back to me. Knowing him, loving him, there was no place to hide. Witnessing his deep faith and commitment, to his god and to his work, I could no longer avoid the deep knowledge that I was living a divided life, between the boredom and anxiety of my work and the richness of all the rest: family, close friends, spiritual practice; hiding behind the hope that all the rest was enough to sustain me. I don't know if he saw it—he never said as much—but his presence forced me to see it. He was like Rilke's torso of Apollo: "for here there was no place that does not see you."

the great blue heron
unfolds his neck
You must change your life

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