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Ten Poems To Change Your Life Again And Again

Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
Crown
 | 
November, 2007
ISBN:
9780307405197
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$21.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

I come down from the mountain

after many years of study

and rigorous practice.

I left my robes hanging on a peg

in the old cabin

where I had sat so long

and slept so little.

I finally understood

I had no gift

for Spiritual Matters.

Leonard Cohen

Every great poem invites us to step beyond what we know, what we think we can dream or dare. Great poetry is a catalyst for change: a change of mind, a change of heart, a change of life—and yes, over and over, again and again, with each new reading, and each new phase of our journey.

I have no doubt that, like all great literature, these poems can change a person’s life—in a heartbeat.

    That’s why poetry is dangerous. It gives voice to our unspoken dreams; it is a mirror to our own deepest joys, desires, and sorrows. It can tip us over into a new life, into a new way of seeing and being, that a moment ago we might even have had no words for.
    In this new volume of his Ten Poems series, Roger Housden takes ten great poems and in personal, intimate essays shows how they led him—and can also lead us—into a more deeply lived and examined life. As in his earlier books, the essays provide an elegant and easy passage into the sometimes daunting world of poetry, enabling readers to feel that in Housden they have found a trusted guide and mentor.

Every one of the poems in this book has struck me a blow, a direct hit, each of them, into the heart of hearts. Every one of them, in its own way, has opened a door for me to go deeper into my own experience, my own longings, my own sorrows and joys, and into the silence that surrounds all of this, all of us, always.

Also by Housden are Seven Sins for a Life Worth Living and Risking Everything.

Publisher’s Description: 

Every great poem invites us to step beyond what we know, what we think we can dream or dare. Great poetry is a catalyst for change: a change of mind, a change of heart, a change of life- and yes, over and over, again and again, with each new reading, and each new phase of our journey.

That’s why poetry is dangerous. It gives voice to our unspoken dreams; it is a mirror to our own deepest joys, desires, and sorrows. It can tip us over into a new life, into a new way of seeing and being, that a moment ago we might even have had no words for.

In this new volume of his Ten Poems series, Roger Housden takes ten great poems and in personal, intimate essays shows how they led him, and can also lead us, into a more deeply lived and examined life. Housden says, “Every one of the poems in this book has struck me a blow, a direct hit, each of them, into the heart of hearts. Every one of them, in its own way, has opened a door for me to go deeper into my own experience, my own longings, my own sorrows and joys, and into the silence that surrounds all of this, all of us, always.”

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