Requited or unrequited, to love is to move between homecoming and exile, between the presence and absence of our beloved as well as ourselves. In this new collection, human desire pulls with the force and rhythm of a sea tide, emerging from and receding into mysteries larger than any individual life.

The book begins with the reverential title poem and concludes with four works that reflect the power of place to shape revelation; the way stone and sky and birdsong can point the way home. Whether tracing the sensual devotion of bodily presence or the painful heartbreak of impermanence, the poems keep faith with love’s appearances and disappearances, and the promises we make and break on its behalf.

The almost silent rain
will heal me as it falls,
as if the sound itself
were a bed where I could lay
in your arms
letting the stream
of life
go by
unhurried
and easy
as I was with you
when
I wanted the hours
to linger on
and heaven to fall
and all the waters
of this mighty
world
run through me as
my memory of you
runs on
through my
waking body
...
— David Whyte, from ALMOST SILENT