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Book Title: The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America|
The author of the book: David Whyte
ISBN 13: 9780385484183
Edition: Crown Business
Date of issue: June 1st 1996
Format files: PDF
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This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet.
David Whyte is a poet and an academic but also a corporate consultant. In this book he discusses the meeting place of those two vocations - the intersection between poetry and the corporate office. Whyte argues that we need to rediscover our imaginative selves in order to find meaning and purpose in the halls of the modern corporation. Work takes up far too much of our lives for us to bring only a portion of our whole person with us to the office. And poetry can help us find our creativity, our authenticity and our voice, even amidst the jungles and deserts of corporate America.
In a series of surprisingly fast-moving chapters, Whyte takes us from Beowulf to Coleridge to modern poetry in pursuit of metaphors and images that will help us find out courage, our creativity and ultimately our soul in the corporate office. At first, it might be easy to see his technique of tying poetic ideas to workplace situations as a gimmick. But Whyte is convincing in his knowledge of what troubles the corporate executive and the cubicle drone. He unearths our deepest desires and fears at work and gives us hope that we might be able to pursue the former and stare down the latter.
This is a book I will re-read eventually. There were far too many passages that I wanted to read and savor and speak aloud. Too many ideas that I needed to mull over and then come back to later. I found myself consistently wanting to read things out loud to my wife who was, God bless her, trying to read her own book. So I opted for posting quotes on Facebook instead.
Some of you reading this need to read this book. I don't know who you are, but you're out there. I can fell you. If anything I've written here piques your interest, give Whyte a shot. I don't think you'll be disappointed. And it might just save your soul.
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Read information about the authorPoet 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 seven books of poetry and three 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.