We shape our self
to fit this world

and by the world
are shaped again.

The visible
and the invisible

working together
in common cause,

to produce
the miraculous.

I am thinking of the way
the intangible air

passed at speed
round a shaped wing

holds our weight.

So may we, in this life

to those elements
we have yet to see

or imagine,
and look for the true

shape of our own self,
by forming it well

to the great
intangibles about us.

- from" Working Together"
The House of Belonging
River Flow: New & Selected Poems

Poet, Author, Speaker

Poet David Whyte grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills and valleys of his father’s Yorkshire. He now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

The author of eight books of poetry and four books of prose, David Whyte holds a degree in Marine Zoology and has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, Amazon and Himalaya. He brings this wealth of experience to his poetry, lectures and workshops.

His life as a poet has created a readership and listenership in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literate world of readings that most poets inhabit, the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical enquiry and the world of vocation, work and organizational leadership.

An Associate Fellow at Said Business School at the University of Oxford, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with many European, American and international companies. In spring of 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Neumann College, Pennsylvania.

In organizational settings, using poetry and thoughtful commentary, he illustrates how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement; qualities needed if we are to respond to today’s call for increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace. He brings a unique and important contribution to our understanding of the nature of individual and organizational change, particularly through his unique perspectives on Conversational Leadership.


The Sea in You: Twenty Poems of Requited and Unrequited Love (Many Rivers Press 2015)
(Many Rivers Press 2012)
River Flow: New & Selected Poems 1984-2007 (Many Rivers Press 2006)
Everything is Waiting for You (Many Rivers Press 2003)
The House of Belonging (Many Rivers Press 1996)
Fire in the Earth (Many Rivers Press 1992)
Where Many Rivers Meet (Many Rivers Press 1990)
Songs for Coming Home (Many Rivers Press 1984)


Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment & Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words
  (Many Rivers Press 2015)
The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self & Relationship (Riverhead 2009)
Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as A Pilgrimage of Identity (Riverhead 2001)
The Heart Aroused: Poetry & the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America
(Doubleday/Currency 1994)


David Whyte has authored an audio lecture series, a DVD and two albums of poetry and music with renowned film score composer Jeff Rona.

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