The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America

The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America

Only a poet could produce such a provocative analysis of today's widespread disenchantment with business -- or such a daring prescription for using the classics of poetry to revitalize the soul of corporate America....

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Title:The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America
Author:David Whyte
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:The Heart Aroused : Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America Reviews

  • Ed
    Mar 14, 2008

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

    While attending a poetry workshop on Iona in June, I learned of this book and was intrigued. When I got back home, I picked up a copy and read it back in August while in North Carolina on a planning leave. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected. Whyte is a British po...

    The Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as and to a poet (perhaps in most of us), who deeply wants to live and not lose the fullness of human enjoyment and creativity amidst the smo...

    This book is worthwhile if you're locked into a demanding professional office life and looking for inspiration to break out and survive psychically. What I don't get and what I think makes the book less than it should be is his narrow reference to corporate America as the primary and ...

    A great thing about books is how they can sit on your shelf for months, if not years, untouched, until you pick one of them up on a whim and it changes how you look at the world. Such is the case for me with "The Heart Aroused," which I brought home last year from a used bookstore. ...

    Many of you are aware of the SIM RLF (Society of Information Management Regional Leadership Forum) reading list that is updated each year and posted on their site - http://www.simnet.org/?page=5_RLF_Boo.... One book that has consistently appeared on the list is David Whyte's "The He...

    My favorite part of this book was Whyte's selection of poetry and stories. As an anthology it is worth looking through. Further, his commentary on corporate life and the depression of the soul is spot on. I wonder, however, if some corporations have taken his advice since 1995. Ther...

    This book found me, literally and figuratively. David Whyte's amazing talent puts the classic writers and poets into context for modern society. "The question is whether you will give yourself to the great life consciously. The German poet Rilke said: Winning does not tempt that ma...

    I can't remember why I picked this up, but it was pretty good for not having read a review or anything beforehand. Whyte explores traditional story-telling (classic poetry like Beowulf) in the context of the work-a-day world, demonstrating how it is pretty common to stuff the dark part...

    I think David Whyte is a terrific writer. I was given this book by a friend who is in the corporate world. I, however, am not. I work with elementary school children so the information about corporate cultures was a foreign world to me. It did help me understand the struggle of those w...

    A moving and poetic paean to the soul, the spirit, and the art of work. This book isn't filled with actionable tips and tricks, but still contains plenty of meat to inspire and guide artistic souls making their way through the corporate employment experience. What I love about Whyte, s...

    I was inspired to read this book by reading David Whyte's poetry, which is outstanding. This book is very thought-provoking and it's inspirational. I do love the method of using fairy tales as a metaphor to walk through a universal human experience. It's a strong way to think through s...

    David Whyte, published poet and corporate consultant (bet you?ve not heard that combo before!) uses both modern and classic poetry to show how anyone can craft a happier work experience. Unlike any other business book I?m aware of, the author gives equal?if not superior?weight ...

    This is a beautiful book about work, poetry, and what happens to the soul of the American corporate worker. David Whyte uses stories and poems to tell us something about how we can become more alive through our work and he makes a case for why this is necessary for each of us. I was de...

    In his book The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America David Whyte wrote: "Work is the very fire where we are baked to perfection, and like the master of the fire itself, we add the essential ingredient and fulfillment when we walk into the flames o...

    A good read for people who work in social arts or sciences, the world of business, and of course for poets. David Whyte is an intelligent and soulful writer, a transplant from the UK to the islands of Puget Sound who has some useful things to say about the intersection of capitalism an...

    The Heart Aroused addresses corporate cultures and calls for a reimagination of work that includes the humanity of the people working. Whyte makes an argument that this is not only good for people but also good for corporations. Whyte is a poet and poetry flows through the book, but...

    I am on the third reading of this book. It's that good. From Whyte's thoughts on Beowulf and Coleridge, to his discussion of the power of the Image and the via negativa, there's always more to love. Currently enjoying an excellent discussion of the book over at Tweetspeak Poetry....

    If you work in an organization and also think life should focus on art/poetry/literature, then this is a critically important book for you to read. I have read it three times and am currently reading it again. I always get something new out of it. Whyte is a poet, works in helping orga...

  • Emily
    Jun 02, 2017

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

  • Hundeschlitten
    Apr 12, 2015

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

    While attending a poetry workshop on Iona in June, I learned of this book and was intrigued. When I got back home, I picked up a copy and read it back in August while in North Carolina on a planning leave. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected. Whyte is a British po...

    The Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as and to a poet (perhaps in most of us), who deeply wants to live and not lose the fullness of human enjoyment and creativity amidst the smo...

    This book is worthwhile if you're locked into a demanding professional office life and looking for inspiration to break out and survive psychically. What I don't get and what I think makes the book less than it should be is his narrow reference to corporate America as the primary and ...

    A great thing about books is how they can sit on your shelf for months, if not years, untouched, until you pick one of them up on a whim and it changes how you look at the world. Such is the case for me with "The Heart Aroused," which I brought home last year from a used bookstore. ...

  • Cindy Cunningham
    Aug 15, 2013

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

    While attending a poetry workshop on Iona in June, I learned of this book and was intrigued. When I got back home, I picked up a copy and read it back in August while in North Carolina on a planning leave. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected. Whyte is a British po...

    The Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as and to a poet (perhaps in most of us), who deeply wants to live and not lose the fullness of human enjoyment and creativity amidst the smo...

    This book is worthwhile if you're locked into a demanding professional office life and looking for inspiration to break out and survive psychically. What I don't get and what I think makes the book less than it should be is his narrow reference to corporate America as the primary and ...

    A great thing about books is how they can sit on your shelf for months, if not years, untouched, until you pick one of them up on a whim and it changes how you look at the world. Such is the case for me with "The Heart Aroused," which I brought home last year from a used bookstore. ...

    Many of you are aware of the SIM RLF (Society of Information Management Regional Leadership Forum) reading list that is updated each year and posted on their site - http://www.simnet.org/?page=5_RLF_Boo.... One book that has consistently appeared on the list is David Whyte's "The He...

    My favorite part of this book was Whyte's selection of poetry and stories. As an anthology it is worth looking through. Further, his commentary on corporate life and the depression of the soul is spot on. I wonder, however, if some corporations have taken his advice since 1995. Ther...

    This book found me, literally and figuratively. David Whyte's amazing talent puts the classic writers and poets into context for modern society. "The question is whether you will give yourself to the great life consciously. The German poet Rilke said: Winning does not tempt that ma...

    I can't remember why I picked this up, but it was pretty good for not having read a review or anything beforehand. Whyte explores traditional story-telling (classic poetry like Beowulf) in the context of the work-a-day world, demonstrating how it is pretty common to stuff the dark part...

    I think David Whyte is a terrific writer. I was given this book by a friend who is in the corporate world. I, however, am not. I work with elementary school children so the information about corporate cultures was a foreign world to me. It did help me understand the struggle of those w...

    A moving and poetic paean to the soul, the spirit, and the art of work. This book isn't filled with actionable tips and tricks, but still contains plenty of meat to inspire and guide artistic souls making their way through the corporate employment experience. What I love about Whyte, s...

    I was inspired to read this book by reading David Whyte's poetry, which is outstanding. This book is very thought-provoking and it's inspirational. I do love the method of using fairy tales as a metaphor to walk through a universal human experience. It's a strong way to think through s...

  • Martin Blackman
    Dec 15, 2007

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

    While attending a poetry workshop on Iona in June, I learned of this book and was intrigued. When I got back home, I picked up a copy and read it back in August while in North Carolina on a planning leave. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected. Whyte is a British po...

    The Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as and to a poet (perhaps in most of us), who deeply wants to live and not lose the fullness of human enjoyment and creativity amidst the smo...

    This book is worthwhile if you're locked into a demanding professional office life and looking for inspiration to break out and survive psychically. What I don't get and what I think makes the book less than it should be is his narrow reference to corporate America as the primary and ...

  • Elizabeth
    Dec 29, 2017

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

  • Veek
    Aug 02, 2008

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

    While attending a poetry workshop on Iona in June, I learned of this book and was intrigued. When I got back home, I picked up a copy and read it back in August while in North Carolina on a planning leave. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected. Whyte is a British po...

    The Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as and to a poet (perhaps in most of us), who deeply wants to live and not lose the fullness of human enjoyment and creativity amidst the smo...

    This book is worthwhile if you're locked into a demanding professional office life and looking for inspiration to break out and survive psychically. What I don't get and what I think makes the book less than it should be is his narrow reference to corporate America as the primary and ...

    A great thing about books is how they can sit on your shelf for months, if not years, untouched, until you pick one of them up on a whim and it changes how you look at the world. Such is the case for me with "The Heart Aroused," which I brought home last year from a used bookstore. ...

    Many of you are aware of the SIM RLF (Society of Information Management Regional Leadership Forum) reading list that is updated each year and posted on their site - http://www.simnet.org/?page=5_RLF_Boo.... One book that has consistently appeared on the list is David Whyte's "The He...

    My favorite part of this book was Whyte's selection of poetry and stories. As an anthology it is worth looking through. Further, his commentary on corporate life and the depression of the soul is spot on. I wonder, however, if some corporations have taken his advice since 1995. Ther...

    This book found me, literally and figuratively. David Whyte's amazing talent puts the classic writers and poets into context for modern society. "The question is whether you will give yourself to the great life consciously. The German poet Rilke said: Winning does not tempt that ma...

    I can't remember why I picked this up, but it was pretty good for not having read a review or anything beforehand. Whyte explores traditional story-telling (classic poetry like Beowulf) in the context of the work-a-day world, demonstrating how it is pretty common to stuff the dark part...

    I think David Whyte is a terrific writer. I was given this book by a friend who is in the corporate world. I, however, am not. I work with elementary school children so the information about corporate cultures was a foreign world to me. It did help me understand the struggle of those w...

    A moving and poetic paean to the soul, the spirit, and the art of work. This book isn't filled with actionable tips and tricks, but still contains plenty of meat to inspire and guide artistic souls making their way through the corporate employment experience. What I love about Whyte, s...

    I was inspired to read this book by reading David Whyte's poetry, which is outstanding. This book is very thought-provoking and it's inspirational. I do love the method of using fairy tales as a metaphor to walk through a universal human experience. It's a strong way to think through s...

    David Whyte, published poet and corporate consultant (bet you?ve not heard that combo before!) uses both modern and classic poetry to show how anyone can craft a happier work experience. Unlike any other business book I?m aware of, the author gives equal?if not superior?weight ...

    This is a beautiful book about work, poetry, and what happens to the soul of the American corporate worker. David Whyte uses stories and poems to tell us something about how we can become more alive through our work and he makes a case for why this is necessary for each of us. I was de...

    In his book The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America David Whyte wrote: "Work is the very fire where we are baked to perfection, and like the master of the fire itself, we add the essential ingredient and fulfillment when we walk into the flames o...

    A good read for people who work in social arts or sciences, the world of business, and of course for poets. David Whyte is an intelligent and soulful writer, a transplant from the UK to the islands of Puget Sound who has some useful things to say about the intersection of capitalism an...

  • Laura
    Apr 26, 2014

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

    While attending a poetry workshop on Iona in June, I learned of this book and was intrigued. When I got back home, I picked up a copy and read it back in August while in North Carolina on a planning leave. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected. Whyte is a British po...

    The Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as and to a poet (perhaps in most of us), who deeply wants to live and not lose the fullness of human enjoyment and creativity amidst the smo...

    This book is worthwhile if you're locked into a demanding professional office life and looking for inspiration to break out and survive psychically. What I don't get and what I think makes the book less than it should be is his narrow reference to corporate America as the primary and ...

    A great thing about books is how they can sit on your shelf for months, if not years, untouched, until you pick one of them up on a whim and it changes how you look at the world. Such is the case for me with "The Heart Aroused," which I brought home last year from a used bookstore. ...

    Many of you are aware of the SIM RLF (Society of Information Management Regional Leadership Forum) reading list that is updated each year and posted on their site - http://www.simnet.org/?page=5_RLF_Boo.... One book that has consistently appeared on the list is David Whyte's "The He...

    My favorite part of this book was Whyte's selection of poetry and stories. As an anthology it is worth looking through. Further, his commentary on corporate life and the depression of the soul is spot on. I wonder, however, if some corporations have taken his advice since 1995. Ther...

    This book found me, literally and figuratively. David Whyte's amazing talent puts the classic writers and poets into context for modern society. "The question is whether you will give yourself to the great life consciously. The German poet Rilke said: Winning does not tempt that ma...

    I can't remember why I picked this up, but it was pretty good for not having read a review or anything beforehand. Whyte explores traditional story-telling (classic poetry like Beowulf) in the context of the work-a-day world, demonstrating how it is pretty common to stuff the dark part...

    I think David Whyte is a terrific writer. I was given this book by a friend who is in the corporate world. I, however, am not. I work with elementary school children so the information about corporate cultures was a foreign world to me. It did help me understand the struggle of those w...

    A moving and poetic paean to the soul, the spirit, and the art of work. This book isn't filled with actionable tips and tricks, but still contains plenty of meat to inspire and guide artistic souls making their way through the corporate employment experience. What I love about Whyte, s...

    I was inspired to read this book by reading David Whyte's poetry, which is outstanding. This book is very thought-provoking and it's inspirational. I do love the method of using fairy tales as a metaphor to walk through a universal human experience. It's a strong way to think through s...

    David Whyte, published poet and corporate consultant (bet you?ve not heard that combo before!) uses both modern and classic poetry to show how anyone can craft a happier work experience. Unlike any other business book I?m aware of, the author gives equal?if not superior?weight ...

    This is a beautiful book about work, poetry, and what happens to the soul of the American corporate worker. David Whyte uses stories and poems to tell us something about how we can become more alive through our work and he makes a case for why this is necessary for each of us. I was de...

  • Natalie
    Aug 07, 2009

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

    While attending a poetry workshop on Iona in June, I learned of this book and was intrigued. When I got back home, I picked up a copy and read it back in August while in North Carolina on a planning leave. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected. Whyte is a British po...

    The Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as and to a poet (perhaps in most of us), who deeply wants to live and not lose the fullness of human enjoyment and creativity amidst the smo...

    This book is worthwhile if you're locked into a demanding professional office life and looking for inspiration to break out and survive psychically. What I don't get and what I think makes the book less than it should be is his narrow reference to corporate America as the primary and ...

    A great thing about books is how they can sit on your shelf for months, if not years, untouched, until you pick one of them up on a whim and it changes how you look at the world. Such is the case for me with "The Heart Aroused," which I brought home last year from a used bookstore. ...

    Many of you are aware of the SIM RLF (Society of Information Management Regional Leadership Forum) reading list that is updated each year and posted on their site - http://www.simnet.org/?page=5_RLF_Boo.... One book that has consistently appeared on the list is David Whyte's "The He...

    My favorite part of this book was Whyte's selection of poetry and stories. As an anthology it is worth looking through. Further, his commentary on corporate life and the depression of the soul is spot on. I wonder, however, if some corporations have taken his advice since 1995. Ther...

    This book found me, literally and figuratively. David Whyte's amazing talent puts the classic writers and poets into context for modern society. "The question is whether you will give yourself to the great life consciously. The German poet Rilke said: Winning does not tempt that ma...

    I can't remember why I picked this up, but it was pretty good for not having read a review or anything beforehand. Whyte explores traditional story-telling (classic poetry like Beowulf) in the context of the work-a-day world, demonstrating how it is pretty common to stuff the dark part...

  • Donna
    Mar 16, 2013

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

    While attending a poetry workshop on Iona in June, I learned of this book and was intrigued. When I got back home, I picked up a copy and read it back in August while in North Carolina on a planning leave. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected. Whyte is a British po...

    The Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as and to a poet (perhaps in most of us), who deeply wants to live and not lose the fullness of human enjoyment and creativity amidst the smo...

    This book is worthwhile if you're locked into a demanding professional office life and looking for inspiration to break out and survive psychically. What I don't get and what I think makes the book less than it should be is his narrow reference to corporate America as the primary and ...

    A great thing about books is how they can sit on your shelf for months, if not years, untouched, until you pick one of them up on a whim and it changes how you look at the world. Such is the case for me with "The Heart Aroused," which I brought home last year from a used bookstore. ...

    Many of you are aware of the SIM RLF (Society of Information Management Regional Leadership Forum) reading list that is updated each year and posted on their site - http://www.simnet.org/?page=5_RLF_Boo.... One book that has consistently appeared on the list is David Whyte's "The He...

  • Mark Oppenlander
    Aug 14, 2015

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

  • Daniel Seifert
    Jul 19, 2016

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

    While attending a poetry workshop on Iona in June, I learned of this book and was intrigued. When I got back home, I picked up a copy and read it back in August while in North Carolina on a planning leave. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected. Whyte is a British po...

    The Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as and to a poet (perhaps in most of us), who deeply wants to live and not lose the fullness of human enjoyment and creativity amidst the smo...

  • Kate Arms
    Oct 07, 2016

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

    While attending a poetry workshop on Iona in June, I learned of this book and was intrigued. When I got back home, I picked up a copy and read it back in August while in North Carolina on a planning leave. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected. Whyte is a British po...

    The Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as and to a poet (perhaps in most of us), who deeply wants to live and not lose the fullness of human enjoyment and creativity amidst the smo...

    This book is worthwhile if you're locked into a demanding professional office life and looking for inspiration to break out and survive psychically. What I don't get and what I think makes the book less than it should be is his narrow reference to corporate America as the primary and ...

    A great thing about books is how they can sit on your shelf for months, if not years, untouched, until you pick one of them up on a whim and it changes how you look at the world. Such is the case for me with "The Heart Aroused," which I brought home last year from a used bookstore. ...

    Many of you are aware of the SIM RLF (Society of Information Management Regional Leadership Forum) reading list that is updated each year and posted on their site - http://www.simnet.org/?page=5_RLF_Boo.... One book that has consistently appeared on the list is David Whyte's "The He...

    My favorite part of this book was Whyte's selection of poetry and stories. As an anthology it is worth looking through. Further, his commentary on corporate life and the depression of the soul is spot on. I wonder, however, if some corporations have taken his advice since 1995. Ther...

    This book found me, literally and figuratively. David Whyte's amazing talent puts the classic writers and poets into context for modern society. "The question is whether you will give yourself to the great life consciously. The German poet Rilke said: Winning does not tempt that ma...

    I can't remember why I picked this up, but it was pretty good for not having read a review or anything beforehand. Whyte explores traditional story-telling (classic poetry like Beowulf) in the context of the work-a-day world, demonstrating how it is pretty common to stuff the dark part...

    I think David Whyte is a terrific writer. I was given this book by a friend who is in the corporate world. I, however, am not. I work with elementary school children so the information about corporate cultures was a foreign world to me. It did help me understand the struggle of those w...

    A moving and poetic paean to the soul, the spirit, and the art of work. This book isn't filled with actionable tips and tricks, but still contains plenty of meat to inspire and guide artistic souls making their way through the corporate employment experience. What I love about Whyte, s...

    I was inspired to read this book by reading David Whyte's poetry, which is outstanding. This book is very thought-provoking and it's inspirational. I do love the method of using fairy tales as a metaphor to walk through a universal human experience. It's a strong way to think through s...

    David Whyte, published poet and corporate consultant (bet you?ve not heard that combo before!) uses both modern and classic poetry to show how anyone can craft a happier work experience. Unlike any other business book I?m aware of, the author gives equal?if not superior?weight ...

    This is a beautiful book about work, poetry, and what happens to the soul of the American corporate worker. David Whyte uses stories and poems to tell us something about how we can become more alive through our work and he makes a case for why this is necessary for each of us. I was de...

    In his book The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America David Whyte wrote: "Work is the very fire where we are baked to perfection, and like the master of the fire itself, we add the essential ingredient and fulfillment when we walk into the flames o...

    A good read for people who work in social arts or sciences, the world of business, and of course for poets. David Whyte is an intelligent and soulful writer, a transplant from the UK to the islands of Puget Sound who has some useful things to say about the intersection of capitalism an...

    The Heart Aroused addresses corporate cultures and calls for a reimagination of work that includes the humanity of the people working. Whyte makes an argument that this is not only good for people but also good for corporations. Whyte is a poet and poetry flows through the book, but...

  • David Pace
    Dec 11, 2017

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

  • Chad Cecil
    Jun 29, 2017

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

  • Vinod Narayan
    Sep 28, 2017

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

  • L.L. Barkat
    Mar 25, 2012

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

    While attending a poetry workshop on Iona in June, I learned of this book and was intrigued. When I got back home, I picked up a copy and read it back in August while in North Carolina on a planning leave. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected. Whyte is a British po...

    The Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as and to a poet (perhaps in most of us), who deeply wants to live and not lose the fullness of human enjoyment and creativity amidst the smo...

    This book is worthwhile if you're locked into a demanding professional office life and looking for inspiration to break out and survive psychically. What I don't get and what I think makes the book less than it should be is his narrow reference to corporate America as the primary and ...

    A great thing about books is how they can sit on your shelf for months, if not years, untouched, until you pick one of them up on a whim and it changes how you look at the world. Such is the case for me with "The Heart Aroused," which I brought home last year from a used bookstore. ...

    Many of you are aware of the SIM RLF (Society of Information Management Regional Leadership Forum) reading list that is updated each year and posted on their site - http://www.simnet.org/?page=5_RLF_Boo.... One book that has consistently appeared on the list is David Whyte's "The He...

    My favorite part of this book was Whyte's selection of poetry and stories. As an anthology it is worth looking through. Further, his commentary on corporate life and the depression of the soul is spot on. I wonder, however, if some corporations have taken his advice since 1995. Ther...

    This book found me, literally and figuratively. David Whyte's amazing talent puts the classic writers and poets into context for modern society. "The question is whether you will give yourself to the great life consciously. The German poet Rilke said: Winning does not tempt that ma...

    I can't remember why I picked this up, but it was pretty good for not having read a review or anything beforehand. Whyte explores traditional story-telling (classic poetry like Beowulf) in the context of the work-a-day world, demonstrating how it is pretty common to stuff the dark part...

    I think David Whyte is a terrific writer. I was given this book by a friend who is in the corporate world. I, however, am not. I work with elementary school children so the information about corporate cultures was a foreign world to me. It did help me understand the struggle of those w...

    A moving and poetic paean to the soul, the spirit, and the art of work. This book isn't filled with actionable tips and tricks, but still contains plenty of meat to inspire and guide artistic souls making their way through the corporate employment experience. What I love about Whyte, s...

    I was inspired to read this book by reading David Whyte's poetry, which is outstanding. This book is very thought-provoking and it's inspirational. I do love the method of using fairy tales as a metaphor to walk through a universal human experience. It's a strong way to think through s...

    David Whyte, published poet and corporate consultant (bet you?ve not heard that combo before!) uses both modern and classic poetry to show how anyone can craft a happier work experience. Unlike any other business book I?m aware of, the author gives equal?if not superior?weight ...

    This is a beautiful book about work, poetry, and what happens to the soul of the American corporate worker. David Whyte uses stories and poems to tell us something about how we can become more alive through our work and he makes a case for why this is necessary for each of us. I was de...

    In his book The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America David Whyte wrote: "Work is the very fire where we are baked to perfection, and like the master of the fire itself, we add the essential ingredient and fulfillment when we walk into the flames o...

    A good read for people who work in social arts or sciences, the world of business, and of course for poets. David Whyte is an intelligent and soulful writer, a transplant from the UK to the islands of Puget Sound who has some useful things to say about the intersection of capitalism an...

    The Heart Aroused addresses corporate cultures and calls for a reimagination of work that includes the humanity of the people working. Whyte makes an argument that this is not only good for people but also good for corporations. Whyte is a poet and poetry flows through the book, but...

    I am on the third reading of this book. It's that good. From Whyte's thoughts on Beowulf and Coleridge, to his discussion of the power of the Image and the via negativa, there's always more to love. Currently enjoying an excellent discussion of the book over at Tweetspeak Poetry....

  • Joe Tye
    Sep 05, 2013

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

    While attending a poetry workshop on Iona in June, I learned of this book and was intrigued. When I got back home, I picked up a copy and read it back in August while in North Carolina on a planning leave. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected. Whyte is a British po...

    The Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as and to a poet (perhaps in most of us), who deeply wants to live and not lose the fullness of human enjoyment and creativity amidst the smo...

    This book is worthwhile if you're locked into a demanding professional office life and looking for inspiration to break out and survive psychically. What I don't get and what I think makes the book less than it should be is his narrow reference to corporate America as the primary and ...

    A great thing about books is how they can sit on your shelf for months, if not years, untouched, until you pick one of them up on a whim and it changes how you look at the world. Such is the case for me with "The Heart Aroused," which I brought home last year from a used bookstore. ...

    Many of you are aware of the SIM RLF (Society of Information Management Regional Leadership Forum) reading list that is updated each year and posted on their site - http://www.simnet.org/?page=5_RLF_Boo.... One book that has consistently appeared on the list is David Whyte's "The He...

    My favorite part of this book was Whyte's selection of poetry and stories. As an anthology it is worth looking through. Further, his commentary on corporate life and the depression of the soul is spot on. I wonder, however, if some corporations have taken his advice since 1995. Ther...

    This book found me, literally and figuratively. David Whyte's amazing talent puts the classic writers and poets into context for modern society. "The question is whether you will give yourself to the great life consciously. The German poet Rilke said: Winning does not tempt that ma...

    I can't remember why I picked this up, but it was pretty good for not having read a review or anything beforehand. Whyte explores traditional story-telling (classic poetry like Beowulf) in the context of the work-a-day world, demonstrating how it is pretty common to stuff the dark part...

    I think David Whyte is a terrific writer. I was given this book by a friend who is in the corporate world. I, however, am not. I work with elementary school children so the information about corporate cultures was a foreign world to me. It did help me understand the struggle of those w...

    A moving and poetic paean to the soul, the spirit, and the art of work. This book isn't filled with actionable tips and tricks, but still contains plenty of meat to inspire and guide artistic souls making their way through the corporate employment experience. What I love about Whyte, s...

    I was inspired to read this book by reading David Whyte's poetry, which is outstanding. This book is very thought-provoking and it's inspirational. I do love the method of using fairy tales as a metaphor to walk through a universal human experience. It's a strong way to think through s...

    David Whyte, published poet and corporate consultant (bet you?ve not heard that combo before!) uses both modern and classic poetry to show how anyone can craft a happier work experience. Unlike any other business book I?m aware of, the author gives equal?if not superior?weight ...

    This is a beautiful book about work, poetry, and what happens to the soul of the American corporate worker. David Whyte uses stories and poems to tell us something about how we can become more alive through our work and he makes a case for why this is necessary for each of us. I was de...

    In his book The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America David Whyte wrote: "Work is the very fire where we are baked to perfection, and like the master of the fire itself, we add the essential ingredient and fulfillment when we walk into the flames o...

  • Beth
    Feb 11, 2018

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

  • Crystal
    Jul 20, 2014

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

    While attending a poetry workshop on Iona in June, I learned of this book and was intrigued. When I got back home, I picked up a copy and read it back in August while in North Carolina on a planning leave. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected. Whyte is a British po...

    The Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as and to a poet (perhaps in most of us), who deeply wants to live and not lose the fullness of human enjoyment and creativity amidst the smo...

    This book is worthwhile if you're locked into a demanding professional office life and looking for inspiration to break out and survive psychically. What I don't get and what I think makes the book less than it should be is his narrow reference to corporate America as the primary and ...

    A great thing about books is how they can sit on your shelf for months, if not years, untouched, until you pick one of them up on a whim and it changes how you look at the world. Such is the case for me with "The Heart Aroused," which I brought home last year from a used bookstore. ...

    Many of you are aware of the SIM RLF (Society of Information Management Regional Leadership Forum) reading list that is updated each year and posted on their site - http://www.simnet.org/?page=5_RLF_Boo.... One book that has consistently appeared on the list is David Whyte's "The He...

    My favorite part of this book was Whyte's selection of poetry and stories. As an anthology it is worth looking through. Further, his commentary on corporate life and the depression of the soul is spot on. I wonder, however, if some corporations have taken his advice since 1995. Ther...

    This book found me, literally and figuratively. David Whyte's amazing talent puts the classic writers and poets into context for modern society. "The question is whether you will give yourself to the great life consciously. The German poet Rilke said: Winning does not tempt that ma...

  • Eryc
    Sep 17, 2015

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

    While attending a poetry workshop on Iona in June, I learned of this book and was intrigued. When I got back home, I picked up a copy and read it back in August while in North Carolina on a planning leave. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected. Whyte is a British po...

    The Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as and to a poet (perhaps in most of us), who deeply wants to live and not lose the fullness of human enjoyment and creativity amidst the smo...

    This book is worthwhile if you're locked into a demanding professional office life and looking for inspiration to break out and survive psychically. What I don't get and what I think makes the book less than it should be is his narrow reference to corporate America as the primary and ...

    A great thing about books is how they can sit on your shelf for months, if not years, untouched, until you pick one of them up on a whim and it changes how you look at the world. Such is the case for me with "The Heart Aroused," which I brought home last year from a used bookstore. ...

    Many of you are aware of the SIM RLF (Society of Information Management Regional Leadership Forum) reading list that is updated each year and posted on their site - http://www.simnet.org/?page=5_RLF_Boo.... One book that has consistently appeared on the list is David Whyte's "The He...

    My favorite part of this book was Whyte's selection of poetry and stories. As an anthology it is worth looking through. Further, his commentary on corporate life and the depression of the soul is spot on. I wonder, however, if some corporations have taken his advice since 1995. Ther...

    This book found me, literally and figuratively. David Whyte's amazing talent puts the classic writers and poets into context for modern society. "The question is whether you will give yourself to the great life consciously. The German poet Rilke said: Winning does not tempt that ma...

    I can't remember why I picked this up, but it was pretty good for not having read a review or anything beforehand. Whyte explores traditional story-telling (classic poetry like Beowulf) in the context of the work-a-day world, demonstrating how it is pretty common to stuff the dark part...

    I think David Whyte is a terrific writer. I was given this book by a friend who is in the corporate world. I, however, am not. I work with elementary school children so the information about corporate cultures was a foreign world to me. It did help me understand the struggle of those w...

    A moving and poetic paean to the soul, the spirit, and the art of work. This book isn't filled with actionable tips and tricks, but still contains plenty of meat to inspire and guide artistic souls making their way through the corporate employment experience. What I love about Whyte, s...

  • JoAnn
    Aug 08, 2012

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

  • Liz
    Sep 24, 2012

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

    While attending a poetry workshop on Iona in June, I learned of this book and was intrigued. When I got back home, I picked up a copy and read it back in August while in North Carolina on a planning leave. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected. Whyte is a British po...

    The Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as and to a poet (perhaps in most of us), who deeply wants to live and not lose the fullness of human enjoyment and creativity amidst the smo...

    This book is worthwhile if you're locked into a demanding professional office life and looking for inspiration to break out and survive psychically. What I don't get and what I think makes the book less than it should be is his narrow reference to corporate America as the primary and ...

    A great thing about books is how they can sit on your shelf for months, if not years, untouched, until you pick one of them up on a whim and it changes how you look at the world. Such is the case for me with "The Heart Aroused," which I brought home last year from a used bookstore. ...

    Many of you are aware of the SIM RLF (Society of Information Management Regional Leadership Forum) reading list that is updated each year and posted on their site - http://www.simnet.org/?page=5_RLF_Boo.... One book that has consistently appeared on the list is David Whyte's "The He...

    My favorite part of this book was Whyte's selection of poetry and stories. As an anthology it is worth looking through. Further, his commentary on corporate life and the depression of the soul is spot on. I wonder, however, if some corporations have taken his advice since 1995. Ther...

    This book found me, literally and figuratively. David Whyte's amazing talent puts the classic writers and poets into context for modern society. "The question is whether you will give yourself to the great life consciously. The German poet Rilke said: Winning does not tempt that ma...

    I can't remember why I picked this up, but it was pretty good for not having read a review or anything beforehand. Whyte explores traditional story-telling (classic poetry like Beowulf) in the context of the work-a-day world, demonstrating how it is pretty common to stuff the dark part...

    I think David Whyte is a terrific writer. I was given this book by a friend who is in the corporate world. I, however, am not. I work with elementary school children so the information about corporate cultures was a foreign world to me. It did help me understand the struggle of those w...

  • Cameron Bernard
    Apr 18, 2016

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

    While attending a poetry workshop on Iona in June, I learned of this book and was intrigued. When I got back home, I picked up a copy and read it back in August while in North Carolina on a planning leave. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected. Whyte is a British po...

    The Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as and to a poet (perhaps in most of us), who deeply wants to live and not lose the fullness of human enjoyment and creativity amidst the smo...

    This book is worthwhile if you're locked into a demanding professional office life and looking for inspiration to break out and survive psychically. What I don't get and what I think makes the book less than it should be is his narrow reference to corporate America as the primary and ...

    A great thing about books is how they can sit on your shelf for months, if not years, untouched, until you pick one of them up on a whim and it changes how you look at the world. Such is the case for me with "The Heart Aroused," which I brought home last year from a used bookstore. ...

    Many of you are aware of the SIM RLF (Society of Information Management Regional Leadership Forum) reading list that is updated each year and posted on their site - http://www.simnet.org/?page=5_RLF_Boo.... One book that has consistently appeared on the list is David Whyte's "The He...

    My favorite part of this book was Whyte's selection of poetry and stories. As an anthology it is worth looking through. Further, his commentary on corporate life and the depression of the soul is spot on. I wonder, however, if some corporations have taken his advice since 1995. Ther...

  • Erin Pretorius
    Jan 03, 2019

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

  • Jan Höglund
    Nov 24, 2015

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

  • Amanda Mitchell
    Mar 19, 2015

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

    While attending a poetry workshop on Iona in June, I learned of this book and was intrigued. When I got back home, I picked up a copy and read it back in August while in North Carolina on a planning leave. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected. Whyte is a British po...

    The Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as and to a poet (perhaps in most of us), who deeply wants to live and not lose the fullness of human enjoyment and creativity amidst the smo...

    This book is worthwhile if you're locked into a demanding professional office life and looking for inspiration to break out and survive psychically. What I don't get and what I think makes the book less than it should be is his narrow reference to corporate America as the primary and ...

    A great thing about books is how they can sit on your shelf for months, if not years, untouched, until you pick one of them up on a whim and it changes how you look at the world. Such is the case for me with "The Heart Aroused," which I brought home last year from a used bookstore. ...

    Many of you are aware of the SIM RLF (Society of Information Management Regional Leadership Forum) reading list that is updated each year and posted on their site - http://www.simnet.org/?page=5_RLF_Boo.... One book that has consistently appeared on the list is David Whyte's "The He...

    My favorite part of this book was Whyte's selection of poetry and stories. As an anthology it is worth looking through. Further, his commentary on corporate life and the depression of the soul is spot on. I wonder, however, if some corporations have taken his advice since 1995. Ther...

    This book found me, literally and figuratively. David Whyte's amazing talent puts the classic writers and poets into context for modern society. "The question is whether you will give yourself to the great life consciously. The German poet Rilke said: Winning does not tempt that ma...

    I can't remember why I picked this up, but it was pretty good for not having read a review or anything beforehand. Whyte explores traditional story-telling (classic poetry like Beowulf) in the context of the work-a-day world, demonstrating how it is pretty common to stuff the dark part...

    I think David Whyte is a terrific writer. I was given this book by a friend who is in the corporate world. I, however, am not. I work with elementary school children so the information about corporate cultures was a foreign world to me. It did help me understand the struggle of those w...

    A moving and poetic paean to the soul, the spirit, and the art of work. This book isn't filled with actionable tips and tricks, but still contains plenty of meat to inspire and guide artistic souls making their way through the corporate employment experience. What I love about Whyte, s...

    I was inspired to read this book by reading David Whyte's poetry, which is outstanding. This book is very thought-provoking and it's inspirational. I do love the method of using fairy tales as a metaphor to walk through a universal human experience. It's a strong way to think through s...

    David Whyte, published poet and corporate consultant (bet you?ve not heard that combo before!) uses both modern and classic poetry to show how anyone can craft a happier work experience. Unlike any other business book I?m aware of, the author gives equal?if not superior?weight ...

  • Jeff
    Aug 19, 2017

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

    While attending a poetry workshop on Iona in June, I learned of this book and was intrigued. When I got back home, I picked up a copy and read it back in August while in North Carolina on a planning leave. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected. Whyte is a British po...

  • Mike McFadden
    Dec 27, 2016

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...

    This book was first published in 1994. If I had read it twenty years ago, it might had influenced me to take another path in my work life? Or, maybe, I needed the experience acquired during those twenty years to really appreciate the book? It's a wonderful book. David Whyte eloquently ...

    While attending a poetry workshop on Iona in June, I learned of this book and was intrigued. When I got back home, I picked up a copy and read it back in August while in North Carolina on a planning leave. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected. Whyte is a British po...

    The Heart Aroused reflects attention to the self as soul navigating and struggling in the large organization, viz. the corporation. Whyte speaks as and to a poet (perhaps in most of us), who deeply wants to live and not lose the fullness of human enjoyment and creativity amidst the smo...

    This book is worthwhile if you're locked into a demanding professional office life and looking for inspiration to break out and survive psychically. What I don't get and what I think makes the book less than it should be is his narrow reference to corporate America as the primary and ...

    A great thing about books is how they can sit on your shelf for months, if not years, untouched, until you pick one of them up on a whim and it changes how you look at the world. Such is the case for me with "The Heart Aroused," which I brought home last year from a used bookstore. ...

    Many of you are aware of the SIM RLF (Society of Information Management Regional Leadership Forum) reading list that is updated each year and posted on their site - http://www.simnet.org/?page=5_RLF_Boo.... One book that has consistently appeared on the list is David Whyte's "The He...

    My favorite part of this book was Whyte's selection of poetry and stories. As an anthology it is worth looking through. Further, his commentary on corporate life and the depression of the soul is spot on. I wonder, however, if some corporations have taken his advice since 1995. Ther...

    This book found me, literally and figuratively. David Whyte's amazing talent puts the classic writers and poets into context for modern society. "The question is whether you will give yourself to the great life consciously. The German poet Rilke said: Winning does not tempt that ma...

    I can't remember why I picked this up, but it was pretty good for not having read a review or anything beforehand. Whyte explores traditional story-telling (classic poetry like Beowulf) in the context of the work-a-day world, demonstrating how it is pretty common to stuff the dark part...

    I think David Whyte is a terrific writer. I was given this book by a friend who is in the corporate world. I, however, am not. I work with elementary school children so the information about corporate cultures was a foreign world to me. It did help me understand the struggle of those w...

    A moving and poetic paean to the soul, the spirit, and the art of work. This book isn't filled with actionable tips and tricks, but still contains plenty of meat to inspire and guide artistic souls making their way through the corporate employment experience. What I love about Whyte, s...

    I was inspired to read this book by reading David Whyte's poetry, which is outstanding. This book is very thought-provoking and it's inspirational. I do love the method of using fairy tales as a metaphor to walk through a universal human experience. It's a strong way to think through s...

    David Whyte, published poet and corporate consultant (bet you?ve not heard that combo before!) uses both modern and classic poetry to show how anyone can craft a happier work experience. Unlike any other business book I?m aware of, the author gives equal?if not superior?weight ...

    This is a beautiful book about work, poetry, and what happens to the soul of the American corporate worker. David Whyte uses stories and poems to tell us something about how we can become more alive through our work and he makes a case for why this is necessary for each of us. I was de...

    In his book The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America David Whyte wrote: "Work is the very fire where we are baked to perfection, and like the master of the fire itself, we add the essential ingredient and fulfillment when we walk into the flames o...

    A good read for people who work in social arts or sciences, the world of business, and of course for poets. David Whyte is an intelligent and soulful writer, a transplant from the UK to the islands of Puget Sound who has some useful things to say about the intersection of capitalism an...

    The Heart Aroused addresses corporate cultures and calls for a reimagination of work that includes the humanity of the people working. Whyte makes an argument that this is not only good for people but also good for corporations. Whyte is a poet and poetry flows through the book, but...

    I am on the third reading of this book. It's that good. From Whyte's thoughts on Beowulf and Coleridge, to his discussion of the power of the Image and the via negativa, there's always more to love. Currently enjoying an excellent discussion of the book over at Tweetspeak Poetry....

    If you work in an organization and also think life should focus on art/poetry/literature, then this is a critically important book for you to read. I have read it three times and am currently reading it again. I always get something new out of it. Whyte is a poet, works in helping orga...

    Powerful book for me. Challenged me to look inside myself and face some things I didn't even realize I needed to face. The book also opened up my mind to reading more poetry which in itself was worth every minute I spent reading it. ...

  • Sara Segura
    May 30, 2019

    This is a tough book to review. In part, it's difficult to review because the subject matter and content of the book are themselves hard to describe. And in part, it is hard to review because I don't fully know how to discuss how I feel about this book yet. David Whyte is a poet and...

    This may have been the book that sparked my search for authenticity. While reading it, I came across a poem that I have consistently returned to over the past eight years, entitled, ?Lost,? by David Wagoner. Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Whereve...

    Stupid good. Like a slow sip of great whisky...burns going down but clears you right up. Tons to process. ...

    I marked so many passages in this book, and it was a very worthwhile read. Something about the flow and how the concepts were all connected could have been a little more focused. I've already recommended it a few times though. ...

    This book challenged my cynical attitudes about what level of creativity and authenticity can be had in the standard white collar corporate American career. I remain pessimistic on that front overall, but less so after reading this. Loved the application of literary analysis; this book...

    Oh there were a lot of WORDS in this book. Some of them quite lyrical. It took me weeks to get through it because of both the font and the wordiness. I loved some of the connections and conclusions that Whyte makes, especially about preserving innocence while valuing experience, about ...

    Poetry and our contemporary working life never had more to say to each other, including those ensconced in corporate life where one would think poetry and lyricism have been relegated to the basement . . . and weekends (if you're lucky). A modern-day prophet of the way the humaniti...

    I recommend this read for every one interested in Organizational development and involvement in Work and Life in a very deeper level. https://penpositive.com/2017/09/29/ca... ...

    Genius. ...

    Life altering ...