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Please join us on Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22, 2010 for public talks by award-winning poets and authors David Whyte and Jane Hirshfield.

David Whyte - Friday, May 21, 2010 | Jane Hirshfield - Saturday, May 22, 2010

David WhyteAn evening with

Poet and Author

The Power and Place of Poetry

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010


Tickets: $20.00/ $10.00 Students 
Available at Duke University Box Office: 684-4444 or
More information: (919) 668.9000 or email
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David Whyte is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the workplace. He brings a unique contribution to our understanding of the nature of individual and organizational change. Whyte has engaged audiences across the country at places including Kaiser Permanente, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Stanford University, Medtronic, Microsoft, Novartis, Proctor & Gamble, Emory University, Unilever, and the Wharton School of Business. Whyte is the author of six volumes of poetry and three books including The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America and The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self & Relationship.

Whyte . . . [uses] stories and poems . . . to . . . bring to life the experience and emotion of change. One senior executive: “My first reaction was …what could a poet possibly contribute?”  But the executive now says that Whyte “helped us to think differently than we ever had before. We had to look inside ourselves.”

-Business Week


Mr. Whyte . . . uses lines . . . from about 200 poems to explore creativity, power and the soul at work. . . . Returning to the world of verse from the land of the bottom line fits with what he tells executives: “You cannot choose either the artist or the pragmatist inside you. There’s a place for both.”

-The New York Times

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