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Ten Poems for Difficult Times

Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
New World Library
 | 
March, 2018
ISBN:
9781608685295
Quantity: 
1
$28.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Proving how poetry can really help us live, Roger Housden has spent nearly twenty years creating poetry collections that meet the changing needs of readers. Housden has a knack for choosing poems that resonate and then writing about them in ways that prompt smiles of agreement, nods of appreciation, and wows of insight.

You may never have read a poem in your life, and yet you can pick up a volume, open it to any page, and suddenly find yourself blown into a world full of awe, dread, wonder, marvel, deep sorrow, and joy… Poetry not only matters; it is profoundly necessary. Especially in times of darkness and difficulty, both personal and collective. To read or write poetry is a powerful, even subversive, act, and it is one small thing we can do that can make a very big difference.

Ten Poems for Difficult Times is the seventh volume in Housden’s popular Ten Poems series of gift book anthologies. In addition to Roger’s insightful and connective commentary, the book features poems by W.W. Merwin, Wenell Berry, Ellen Bass, Maggie Smith, William Stafford, and more.

While the poems here, in Ten Poems for Difficult Times acknowledge “the Sorrow everywhere” (Jack Gilbert’s A Brief for the Defense) and that “the world is at least fifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservative estimate” (Maggie Smith’s Good Bones) they also highlight the many and diverse ways a poem, a turn of phrase, a beautifully expressed direction of our attention can turn grief to grit, anger to action, and pain to perseverance.

Poetry can give a human face to our collective struggles and remind us that this human world is not only broken, it is beautiful. That is what the poems in this volume do. There’s a headstone in a Long Island graveyard—the one where Jackson Pollock is buried—that I think encapsulates the value and necessity of poetry in a world of sorrows: ‘Artists and poets are the raw nerve ends of humanity. By themselves they can do little to save h umanity. Without them there would be little worth saving.’

A resonant gift for those suffering, this is also a friend-of-depth for the nightstand of any thinking, feeling human being.

You could make it beautiful.

                         —Maggie Smith

Among Roger Housden’s many other books are Dropping the Struggle and Keeping the Faith without a Religion.

Publisher’s Description: 

Proving that poetry is not hard to understand or meaningful to only a few, Roger Housden has spent nearly twenty years creating poetry collections that meet the changing needs of readers. Housden has a knack for choosing poems that resonate and then writing about them in ways that prompt smiles of agreement, nods of appreciation, and wows of insight. While the poems here acknowledge the Sorrow everywhere (Jack Gilbert, A Brief for the Defense) and that The world is at least fifty percent terrible, and thats a conservative estimate (Maggie Smith, Good Bones) they also highlight the many and diverse ways a poem, a turn of phrase, a beautifully expressed direction of our attention can turn grief to grit, anger to action, and pain to perseverance. The perfect gift for those suffering, this is also a must for the nightstand of any thinking, feeling, and human being.

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