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The Three Marriages

The Three Marriages

Reimagining Work, Self, and Relationship

by David Whyte

  • Reviewed by The Editors on March 1, 2009

    Understanding the human need to belong—and expressing, fulfilling, and accommodating it throughout the recurring seasons in a life—has proven to be a central theme in all of Whyte’s work. In The Three Marriages, the acclaimed poet-author explores this need in the dynamics of the three core relationships we all negotiate—that of the intimate other, that with work, and that with our self. They are separate yet interwoven life threads, capturing the need to belong to another, to belong to community, and to belong to something larger and deeper within ourselves. Each is vital, and neglecting any one weakens the others. But it’s not simply about “balancing” them, Whyte warns. It’s a bold, lifelong adventure of keeping them in an open and honest conversation. When we allow these marriages to learn from and revitalize one another, we risk becoming vulnerable but we also open to a life that is “innocent, dangerous, and wonderful all at the same time.”

    Review published in Shift magazine

relationship, self, work
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