Temple Cone

A poet of unwavering honesty and lyric precision, Temple Cone's gift to us, and to poetry, is in 'the persistence of song'—an underlying sense of wondrous optimism despite the perils of the world we shape and are shaped by.

          — Claudia Emerson, author of Late Wife

Rilke composed his Sonnets

to Orpheus in two months

after finishing the great Elegies,

ten years in the making.


So we labor at grief,

drawing constellations from chaos,

and when we pause, gracious

starlight comes unbidden.

From "A Father's Story"