Seeing With The Heart with David Whyte

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Poet and workshop leader Whyte tells us, “Poetry belongs in many parts of our lives. It can bring mythological and concrete worlds together.” He takes us on a journey from the outer world of the Galapagos Islands where he was a Naturalist Guide to the inner world of an emerging poet. He speaks of how we might extend our powers of attention and “use language so that it’s kept, it’s not a screen for something else, it’s not advertising, it’s language that is your own.” (hosted by Michael Toms)


David Whyte grew up among the hills and valleys of Yorkshire, England. A captivating speaker with a compelling blend of profound poetry and insightful commentary, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development. He holds a degree in Marine Zoology, and is an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School at the University of Oxford. In 2008, he was awarded an Honorary Degree from Neumann College.

He is the author of several books of poetry and nonfiction including:

To learn more about the work of David Whyte go to

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Why it's important to see and witness
  • What is the "Dark invisible"
  • Why poetry is important to your life
  • What is the "Well of Grief"
  • How to use language that is your own

Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 2/22/1990       Program Number: 2180

Music Included

From Album: Canyon
Artist: Paul Winter
1985 Living Music Records CD #LD0006

From Album: Renaissance of the Celtic Harp
Artist: Alan Stivell
Philips #6414 406
Track - Marv Pontkalleg

From Album: Return Of The Condor
Artist: Inti Illimani
1989 BBC Records #REH 515