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May 18, 2019

What Will You Do?

Rainer Maria Rilke
"What Will You Do?" by Rainer Maria Rilke

About This Poem


“What Will You Do?” was published in the December 1922 issue of Poetry.


Rainer Maria Rilke was born on December 4, 1875, in Prague, Bohemia (modern-day Czech Republic). His books include The Life of the Virgin Mary (C. Triltsch, 1922), translated by R. G. L. Barrett, and Poems (Tobias A. Wright, 1918), translated by Jessie Lemont, among others. He died on December 29, 1926, in Switzerland.


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May Guest Editor: Victoria Chang


Thanks to Victoria Chang, author of Barbie Chang (Copper Canyon Press, 2017), who curated Poem-a-Day for this month’s weekdays. Read a Q&A with Chang about her curatorial approach this month and find out more about our guest editors for the year.

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