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Ten Poems To Set You Free

Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
Random House
 | 
December, 2003
ISBN:
9781400051120
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$23.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Underlying this title is a question, one which echoes through every one of these poems: How can I stand freely in the truth of my life, feel the mettle of my unique existence, and act from there, whatever my outer circumstances may be?

Ten Poems to Set You Free inspires you to claim the life that is truly yours. In today’s world it is deceptively easy to lose sight of our direction and the things that matter and give us joy. How quickly the days can slip by, the years all gone, and we, at the end of our lives, mourning the life we dreamed of but never lived. These ten poems, and Roger Housden’s reflections on them, urge us to stand once and for all, and now, in the heart of our own life.

This volume brings together the voices of Thomas Merton, David Whyte, the Basque poet Miguel de Unamuno, Anna Swir from Poland, Stanley Kunitz, the Greek poet C.P. Cavafy, and Jane Hirshfield, as well as three of Housden’s favorites, Rumi, Mary Oliver, and Naomi Shihab Nye. His luminous essays on the poems show us how to integrate the poets’ truth into our own lives.

Roger Housden’s love of poetry and life leaps from every page—so much so that his readers feel they have found a guide and mentor through the extraordinary Ten Poems series. He has opened the eyes and hearts of many, not just to the power of poetry, but to the truth and beauty of the life of the soul. What more can one ask?

Now the sun begins to swing down. Under the peach-light,

I cross the fields and the dunes, I follow the ocean’s edge.

I climb. I backtrack.

I float.

I ramble my way home.   —Mary Oliver

Also available from Roger Housden are Ten Poems to Open Your Heart and Ten Poems to Change Your Life, as well as the anthology Risking Everything.

Publisher’s Description: 

Ten Poems to Set You Free inspires you to claim the life that is truly yours. In todays world it is deceptively easy to lose sight of our direction and the things that matter and give us joy. How quickly the days can slip by, the years all gone, and we, at the end of our lives, mourning the life we dreamed of but never lived. These ten poems, and Roger Housdens reflections on them, urge us to stand once and for all, and now, in the heart of our own life.

This volume brings together the voices of Thomas Merton, David Whyte, the Basque poet Miguel de Unamuno, Anna Swir from Poland, Stanley Kunitz, the Greek poet C. P. Cavafy, and Jane Hirshfield, as well as three of Housdens favorites, Rumi, Mary Oliver, and Naomi Shihab Nye. His luminous essays on the poems show us how to integrate the poets truth into our own lives.

Roger Housdens love of poetry and life leaps from every pageso much so that his readers feel they have found a guide and mentor through the extraordinary Ten Poems series. He has opened the eyes and hearts of many, not just to the power of poetry, but to the truth and beauty of the life of the soul. What more can one ask?In today’s world it’s deceptively easy to lose our direction and stray from what matters, only to look back with regret on a life we dreamed of but never lived. These ten poems, and Housden’s reflections on them, urge us to stand once and for all, right now, in the heart of our own life. The poets include Thomas Merton, Stanley Kunitz, Mary Oliver, Rumi, C.P. Cavafy and Haomi Shihab Nye. The latest in the Ten Poems series.

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