Rob Dyer

Rookie (Dec.3,1934 / Palmerston North, New Zealand)

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Born in New Zealand of several early established (1839 and on) families of colonists, much influenced by father's experiences in WWII as a commander of the Maori Battalion, lives in exile from his two native cultures, neither perfectly mastered, first in Australia, then in the US, now in Paris. Has published in little magazines in New Zealand and New England. Educated in NZ and at Oxford and ... more »

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Rilke's First Duino Elegy, Rewritten For Roxana Dyer

The First Duino Elegy of Rilke
Rewritten for Roxana Dyer


Who, if I screamed,
from the ranks of the angels would hear me then?
Even imagine one took me suddenly in his arms:
who I am would be lost in his greater Being.
So beauty was nothing
but the beginning of nightmare, from which we will scarcely awake;
we marvel at beauty, because in the end it has never bothered
to destroy us. Every angel message first brings us terror.

So with strong restraint I choke back the temptation
of agonized sobbing. Oh who then to turn to
in need? Not angels, ...

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