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Ten Poems To Change Your Life

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Crown/Bell Tower
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June, 2001
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9780609609019
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The title is no exaggeration. This is a very special and luminous book. It is also a dangerous book, for great poetry calls into question not less than everything. It dares us to break free from the safe strategies of the cautious mind. It opens us to pain and joy and delight. It amazes, startles, pierces, and transforms us. It can lead us, invite us, or enchant us into communion and grace.

Roger Housden, through the voices of ten inspiring poets and his own reflections, shows how poetry illuminates the great and deep feelings of life and the desires that stir the human heart and soul. These poems explore such universal themes as the awakening of wonder, the longing for love, the wisdom of dreams, and the courage required to live our own authentic life. In thoughtful commentary on each work, Housden offers glimpses into his personal spiritual journey and invites us to contemplate the significance of the poet’s message in our own lives. He shows how these astonishing poems can inspire you to live what you always knew in your bones but never had the words for.

The poems include “The Journey” by Mary Oliver, “Last Night as I Was Sleeping” by Antonio Machado, “Song of Myself” (excerpt) by Walt Whitman, “Zero Circle” by Rumi, “The Time Before Death” by Kabir, “Ode to My Socks” by Pablo Neruda, “Last Gods” by Galway Kinnell, “For the Anniversary of My Death” by W.S. Merwin, “Love After Love” by Derek Walcott, and “The Dark Night” (excerpt) by St. John of the Cross.

May these poems set free your unlived dreams; may they send a trembling echo through your bones; may they put into words what you have long felt under your tongue; and may you wake up one morning in “the new life.”

Publisher’s Description: 

This is a dangerous book. Great poetry calls into question not less than everything. It dares us to break free from the safe strategies of the cautious mind. It opens us to pain and joy and delight. It amazes, startles, pierces, and transforms us. It can lead to communion and grace.

Through the voices of ten inspiring poets and his own reflections, the author of Sacred America shows how poetry illuminates the eternal feelings and desires that stir the human heart and soul. These poems explore such universal themes as the awakening of wonder, the longing for love, the wisdom of dreams, and the courage required to live an authentic life. In thoughtful commentary on each work, Housden offers glimpses into his personal spiritual journey and invites readers to contemplate the significance of the poet's message in their own lives.

In Ten Poems to Change Your Life, Roger Housden shows how these astonishing poems can inspire you to live what you always knew in your bones but never had the words for.


"The Journey" by Mary Oliver
"Last Night as I Was Sleeping" by Antonio Machado
"Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman
"Zero Circle" by Rumi
"The Time Before Death" by Kabir
"Ode to My Socks" by Pablo Neruda
"Last Gods" by Galway Kinnell
"For the Anniversary of My Death" by W. S. Merwin
"Love After Love" by Derek Walcott
"The Dark Night" by St. John of the CrossThe author of Sacred America turns to the words of ten great poets to shed light on the eternal feelings, aspirations and desires that stir the human heart and soul. Drawn from a wide array of traditions, periods and styles, the poems include works by Whitman, Neruda, Mary Oliver, Derek Walcott, Antonio Machado, Rumi and St. John of the Cross, illuminated by Housden’s spirited commentary on each work. The collection features a Foreword by poet, author and translator Stephen Mitchell.

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