MIDCOAST — Camden resident Mark S. Burrows returns to The Poets Corner Sunday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. alongside the host of the podcast Poetry Unbound, Pádraig Ó Tuama, and author Barbara Mahany. This Zoom event celebrates Austrian-German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) on his birthday.

Portrait painting of Rainer Maria Rilke by Leonid Pasternak.

Burrows, an award-winning Rilke translator, poet and scholar of historical theology, will lead a conversation with Irish poet Pádraig Ó Tuama known to many for his popular podcast “Poetry Unbound,” and award-winning author Barbara Mahany, who was a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune for 30 years and an author, most recently, of “Motherprayer: Lessons in Loving.” They will talk about Rilke’s poems and writings that remind them of what it means to “bear witness” to life in those “dark hours” we face when we experience things “falling asunder.” Can such times call us, with Rilke, to embrace “a second life, timeless and wide?” Each of these writers will read and talk about selected poems of Rilke’s that have challenged or inspired them, offering what the poet described as “words that still ripen in the silences.”

Mark S. Burrows moved to Camden in 2020 after a decade teaching at a German university. He is on the MFA faculty of Seattle Pacific University. His recent collection of poems is “The Chance of Home” (2018), and his forthcoming books include “A Wiser Way: Living Your Deepest Questions with Rainer Maria Rilke” (co-authored with Stephanie Dowrick) and “The Wandering Radiance: Selected Poems by Hilde Domin.”

Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work as a poet, journalist and theologian centers around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. He is a compelling poet and skilled speaker, teacher and group worker. He hosts the podcast “Poetry Unbound” in Krista Tippett’s “On Being Studios,” bringing art and culture into public and civic life.

Barbara Mahany was a staff writer at the Chicago Tribune for nearly 30 years. After leaving the Tribune in 2012, she published her first book, “Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door,” named a Publisher’s Weekly Top Ten religion books for Fall 2014, and her newest title “The Book of Nature: The Astonishing Beauty of God’s First Sacred Text” is forthcoming in March 2023.

To register for this Zoom event, receive the recording and for more information, visit thepoetscorner.org/events.

The Poets Corner is a platform created to foster community among writers and readers of poetry and short prose. Founded by former Maine Media Workshops + College president Meg Weston and author/writing coach Kathrin Seitz, The Poets Corner is based in Midcoast Maine, and hosts virtual readings on the second or third Sunday of each month.