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Call Me By My True Names: The Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh Paperback – August 9, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
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"The clear, still mind of this meditation teacher gives rise to piercing images time and time again. Nhat Hanh seems an inherently skilled poet....It is these poetic worksmore than his essays or lecturesthat show Thich Nhat Hanh clearly to be a Zen mystic."
San Francisco Chronicle
"When we despair for our world, this book is a wise friend to turn to."
Top Customer Reviews
This book covers practically every aspect of a spiritual life in it's contents, and it is my wish you will buy it. It should be on all beings shelves, for it's prose is delivered deep from the heart of a modern bodhisattva.
Call me by my true names is nothing short of spectacular.
CALL ME BY MY TRUE NAMES is a comprehensive collection of Thich Nhat Hanh's poetry, presented here with occasional brief comments from the author following many of the poems. I initially purchased this for the comparatively famous title piece, which is a work of extraordinary moral power, and also of extraordinary literary control.
From start to finish here, the writing is economical and plainspoken - but not 'plain': to draw feeble Western connections, this is a distant stylistic cousin to the likes of Dickens, or perhaps Steinbeck - rather than resort to gimmicks, or technical flash, Thich Nhat Hanh has the respect or confidence in his own voice (or the voices of characters) to allow that voice clear expression.
Thus, a collection of dignity and skill. The Vietnamese Zen ideals and ideas Thich Nhat Hanh has been developing, exploring and living for decades are expressed with precision and grace, and he doesn't have to ask for a readers' interest - this work sparkles with calm dignity and life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful poetry. You do not need to be religious to appreciate this work. Extraordinary insights into the human condition.Published 17 months ago by Bette Jo Kauffman
Emotional and beautiful poetry by this incredible monk. I hope everyone can read it.Published 20 months ago by N. Allen
This is a beautiful book of poetry to keep by your bedside for late reading. He is an unusual man and a great teacherPublished on May 21, 2014 by C. Cone