Robert Saxton: Rainer Maria Rilke’s ‘The Book of Hours’

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Robert Saxton was born in Nottingham in 1952 and lives in north London, where he works as a freelance editor and writer. He is the author of seven published books of poetry: from Enitharmon, The Promise Clinic (1994); from Carcanet/OxfordPoets, Manganese (2003), Local Honey (2007) and Hesiod’s Calendar (2010); from Shearsman, The China Shop Pictures (2012) and Flying School (2019); and from Angle Shades Press, Six-way Mirror (2016). Angle Shades also published his booklet Orlando: Linnea in Vita’s Garden in 2021. He has rendered the whole of Rilke’s The Book of Hours into English poetry, following the rhyme schemes of the original German. In 2021 he completed a liturgical song cycle on love and nature for choral performance, commissioned by composer Nic Rowley. In 2001 he won the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association’s poetry prize for ‘The Nightingale Broadcasts’. Further information may be found on the poet’s website: http://www.robertsaxton.co.uk.

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