Foreword: A Note to the Reader

Songs of Zarathustra is a poetic record of my encounter with the ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche.

This cycle of poems is a work of literary philosophy, not academic scholarship. Each poem presents a highly distilled perspective on passages from Nietzsche's works. To understand the poems, it helps to read the original passages — for, as with aphorisms (see Nietzsche's preface to On the Genealogy of Morals), so also with poems: they require exegesis.

The poems in this book are my own compositions, except for translations of the following poems by Nietzsche himself (printed in italics within the text):

As you read, keep this in mind: a book of poems is like a box of chocolates — best not consumed in one sitting.

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