Reading Rilke in The Red Lion

I read this poem at the Rochdale Poets’ Poetry Slam in The Red Lion, Littleborough (part of Littleborough Arts Festival). I’ve only just discovered it and it is so amazing I thought I’d “share and tell” with you. The snippet in the link above is the nearest (though not identical) to the translation that I read and is only part of the poem. A quick look on the internet shows me that there are many versions, but I prefer the one I read (from “Earth Prayers: 365 Prayers, Poems & Invocations for Honoring the Earth”, ed. Elizabeth Roberts & Elias Amidon).

Here is the Poetry Foundation’s version. There isn’t time for me to go through why I prefer the Robers/Amidon translation, but if you are interested check out all the different versions. I certainly will.

Rochdale Poet Readings are 1st class, I’ve seen them before, and they put on a “show” and read with confidence and style.

The Arts Festival is on until Sunday 30 August, with an exhibition of fine art in The Coachhouse, Littleborough. Manchester International Roots Orchestra perform at St Barnabas Church, Littleborough tonight.