For the Sake of a Single Poem: a Benedictine monk’s meditations on Rilke

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These echoes cover a 20 year period in the life of my mentor, Mark Thamert, OSB. They’re culled from intimate conversations. convocations, and end-of-life talks with him. All underscoring and compositions are my own creative response to the depths Mark awakened in me through the poetry of Rilke.

I welcome you to walk with Mark as he shares insights into the life of the German poet, Rainer Maria Rilke. As you listen as you walk, a distinct thread will begin to emerge; a thread that takes themes, metaphors and archetypes found in Rilke’s poetry and connects them with a visceral “sense of place” that is present here in the various sculpture gardens, historic buildings, and beautiful woodlands and lakes found at Saint John’s Abbey and University.

Near Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, MN

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