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Risking Everything

110 Poems of Love and Revelation
Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
Crown
 | 
March, 2003
ISBN:
9781400047994
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Peel your image from the mirror.

Sit. Feast on your life.

                           —Derek Walcott

This luminous anthology of juicy poems includes voices from across the centuries and around the world whose work transcends culture and time. Their words reach past the outer divisions to the universal currents of love and revelation that move and inspire us all. The poems have been selected by the “jeweler’s eye” of Roger Housden, whose previous books Ten Poems to Change Your Life and Ten Poems to Open Your Heart have turned on thousands of readers to the pleasures and powers of great poems. As he says in his remarkable introductory essay, “these poems can send us tumbling out of our familiar world—backwards or forwards, it doesn’t matter—down into unknown landscapes where we may find a new life we never dreamed we were worthy of. Poetry has that power. It has it because it pours from those same depths.”

Among the poets whose works are included in Risking Everything are Anna Akhmatova, Chuang Tzu, Naomi Shihab Nye, Robert Bly, Hafiz, Kabir, Anna Swir, D.H. Lawrence, Pablo Neruda, Mary Oliver, Rilke, Rumi, William Stafford, Yeats, Nikki Giovanni, e.e. cummings, and many more, known and unknown. Brief biographies of each poet are here too.

Taken together, these poems “represent a great song of what is possible for us—all the ways in which a life can be fully lived. And the risk? The risk they urge us toward is the forgetting of our familiar lamentations for a moment and the taking of that tiny yet momentous step—the willingness to try on the life that is truly ours.” This book will be one you keep nearby for reading aloud with a friend.

  It’s possible that while sleeping the hand

that sows the seeds of stars

started the ancient music going again

 

—like a note from a great harp—and the frail wave came to our lips

as one or two honest words.

                      —Antonio Machado,

                      translated by Robert Bly

Publisher’s Description: 

Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life? Mary Oliver

This luminous anthology brings together great poets from around the world whose work transcends culture and time. Their words reach past the outer divisions to the universal currents of love and revelation that move and inspire us all. These poems urge us to wake up and love. They also call on us to relinquish our grip on ideas and opinions that confine us and, instead, to risk moving forward into the life that is truly ours.

In his selection, Roger Housden has placed strong emphasis on contemporary voices such as the American poet laureate Billy Collins and the Nobel Prizewinners Czeslaw Milosz and Seamus Heaney, but the collection also includes some timeless echoes of the past in the form of work by masters such as Goethe, Wordsworth, and Emily Dickinson.

The tens of thousands of readers of Roger Housdens Ten Poems series will welcome this beautiful harvest of poems that both open the mind and heal the heart.Compiled by the author of the best-selling Ten Poems to Open Your Heart and Ten Poems to Change Your Life, this luminous anthology brings together great poets from around the world whose work transcends time and culture. Housden emphasizes contemporary voices like our current poet laureate, Billy Collins, and recent Nobel prize-winners Czeslaw Milosz and Seamus Heaney, but also includes works by past masters such as Goethe, Wordsworth and Emily Dickinson.

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