Rob Dyer

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

Rob Dyer Poems

1. To Iris Murdoch 12/12/2006
2. To My Wife (1988) 12/12/2006
3. Jesus' Chairs 12/12/2006
4. Summer's End At South Bristol, Maine 12/12/2006
5. On The Côte Sauvage. 12/12/2006
6. Ode Written In Cincinnati,1968 12/12/2006
7. From Six Great Barrier Elegies: 1. To The Pakeha 12/12/2006
8. From Six Great Barrier Elegies: 4. On Medlands Quay 12/12/2006
9. To Wittgenstein 7/28/2008
10. To A.D. 7/28/2008
11. Meeting On The Highway 7/28/2008
12. To Homer, From Pataua 7/28/2008
13. St. Maleu Sequence 7/28/2008
14. To Keri Hulme 7/28/2008
15. Te Kapa Ma Taraia 1. Sir Frederick Whitaker 7/28/2008
16. From Six Great Barrier Elegies: 6. To A Friend 7/28/2008
17. From Six Great Barrier Elegies: 5. Toys 7/28/2008
18. From Six Great Barrier Elegies: 2. The Grey Mare 7/28/2008
19. The Writer's Postscripts 7/28/2008
20. Translations/Adaptations: 4 Sappho 8/7/2008
21. Translations/Adaptations: 1 Ronsard 8/7/2008
22. Translations/Adaptations: 2 Spenser 8/7/2008
23. Translations/Adaptations: 3 From Sydney 8/7/2008
24. A Garden In Spring 12/12/2006
25. Thoughts On The Roman Palatine 12/12/2006
26. Elegy For The Fallen, September 11,2001 12/12/2006
27. Epitaph To Be Written On The Winds And Waves 12/12/2006
28. To Beatrice, Parthenos (1953, Preface To In Dangerous Silence) 8/7/2008
29. I Never Was On Crete 8/5/2009
30. Te Kapa Ma Taraia.7. Lt. Col. H.G. Dyer, Maori Battalion,1939-1942 12/12/2006
31. To Canberra (1957) 8/7/2008
32. To C.K. Stead (1957) 8/7/2008
33. Rilke's First Duino Elegy, Rewritten For Roxana Dyer 7/28/2008
Best Poem of Rob Dyer

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, ...

Read the full of Rilke's First Duino Elegy, Rewritten For Roxana Dyer

To My Wife (1988)

Prepared by many partial loves
I loved you for the movement of your hand
glimpsed through an open door.
I have never known you without love.
You are not always beautiful,
yet I stand amazed each moment of our life
at each tiny, perfect gesture,
each grace, each thought, discreet and elegant,
a mind so clear, a love so pure of truth

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