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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (March 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400047994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400047994
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Editor Housden is a dab hand at using poetry as a means to spiritual fulfillment (Ten Poems to Change Your Life, 2001; Ten Poems to Open Your Heart [BKL Ja 1 & 15 03]). Now he demonstrates that he really knows poetry in an inspirational anthology sans inspirational chestnuts. Oh, Emily Dickinson is here, but with the hoydenish "Wild Nights." The love Housden encourages includes sex--see the Anna Swir selections and Galway Kinnell's "Rapture"--and the spirituality he fosters is active even at its quietest, when the soul of existence is suddenly apprehended. Given that agenda, Robert Bly is all over the book, as poet and translator (Housden invariably picks the often-arid Bly at his juiciest), and the Sufis Rumi and Hafiz are here: for Housden, ecstasy is a touchstone of true love and spirituality. But so, it seems, is domesticity (see Wendell Berry's "One Faith Is Bondage") and even morality (see T. S. Eliot's "The Dove Descending"). Only once is a note of New Age solipsism struck. Ray Olson
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?Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?? ?Mary Oliver

This luminous anthology brings together great poets from around the world whose work transcends culture and time. Their words reach past the outer divisions to the universal currents of love and revelation that move and inspire us all. These poems urge us to wake up and love. They also call on us to relinquish our grip on ideas and opinions that confine us and, instead, to risk moving forward into the life that is truly ours.

In his selection, Roger Housden has placed strong emphasis on contemporary voices such as the American poet laureate Billy Collins and the Nobel Prize?winners Czeslaw Milosz and Seamus Heaney, but the collection also includes some timeless echoes of the past in the form of work by masters such as Goethe, Wordsworth, and Emily Dickinson.

The tens of thousands of readers of Roger Housden?s ?Ten Poems? series will welcome this beautiful harvest of poems that both open the mind and heal the heart.

More About the Author

Roger Housden grew up in St.Catherine's Valley, a cleft in the Cotswolds on the edge of Bath, in England. He has led contemplative journeys all over the world, and in an earlier life was a freelance feature writer for The Guardian newspaper and an interviewer for the BBC. He has been a full-time author since 1997.

He is the author of twenty books on poetry, art, and travel,including the bestselling Ten Poems series which started in 2001 with Ten Poems to Change Your Life. His next book, due to be published by Sounds True in March 2014,is called Keeping the Faith Without a Religion. Roger emigrated to the United States in 1998 and now lives in Marin County, California.

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This book has become so meaningful for me that I'm requiring it for my new poetry students next semester.
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A book to read straight through or pick up almost anywhere when you need a little inspiration or a meditative moment.
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A few days ago I picked up a copy of Roger Housden's anthology Risking Everything: 110 Poems of Love and Revelation.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Writer and editor Roger Housden's luminous and inspirational compilation of poetry "Risking Everything: 110 Poems of Love and Revelation," is one of the best anthologies of this type I have read or seen. This is Housden's fourth volume of a series that began with "Ten Poems To Change Your Life."

In "Risking Everything: 110 Poems of Love and Revelation," Housden selected 110 poems from around the world, whose poets' lives and works span the centuries. I frequently open the book at random and never fail to be moved. Housden has written: "Great poetry happens when the mind is looking the other way and words fall from the sky to shape a moment that would normally be untranslatable." Carl Sandburg wrote: "Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away." And from Emily Dickenson: "To see the Summer Sky / Is Poetry though never in a Book it lie / True Poems flee." Whatever poetry is, some of the best can be found here.

Included in this volume are: "Poetry" by Pablo Neruda, "On Angels" "Eyes" by Czeslaw Milosz, "Today Like Every Other Day" by Rumi, "That Day" by Denise Levertov, "Milkweed" by James Wright, "My Fiftieth Year" by W. B. Yeats, "Sunset," and "The Swan" by Ranier Marie Rilke, "The Wind One Brilliant Day" by Antonio Machado, "Everything Is Plundered" by Anna Akhmatova, "Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" (excerpt) by William Wordsworth, "A Homecoming" by Wendell Berry, "The Third Body" by Robert Bly, "To have without holding" by Marge Piercy, "Deeper Than Love" by D. H.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By G. M. Arnold VINE VOICE on July 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A few days ago I picked up a copy of Roger Housden's anthology Risking Everything: 110 Poems of Love and Revelation. Today I opened it at a random page, and suddenly felt compelled to start reading the poem out loud. It was D. H. Lawrence's Deeper Than Love, and I found myself reading it slowly, lingering over the words, tasting them, feeling their weight on my tongue.

Love, like the flowers, is life, growing.

But underneath are the deep rocks, the living rock that lives alone

and deeper still the unknown fire, unknown and heavy, heavy and alone.

The noise of the air conditioner in the kitchen drowned my speech (it's a miserable night, dew point around 75, no central air) which was good: I was only reading for myself. I finished the Lawrence, and opened again at random: Billy Collins' This Much I Do Remember. Not a poem to read out loud, this one, but one to close your eyes and see what the poet had seen:

that I could feel it being painted within me

brushed on the wall of my skull

And of course all of Housden's favourites are here, like old familiar friends: Rumi, Bly, and above all Mary Oliver. What a glorious collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lothe on October 3, 2008
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Roger Housden made his name with his series of "Ten Poems" books, featuring ten poems with his remarks. In Risking Everything he tries a slightly different format: a hundred and ten poems, sans commentary.

His selections run the gamut. Naturally, no one will be pleased with every choice, but everyone ought to like some choice: poets range from the ancient Chinese Chuang-tzu to modern American writers like Robert Bly and Billy Collins; themes include everything from Parkinson's Disease to the Buddha.

Although the book is, of course, suitable for browsing, Housden has obviously put careful thought into the order of the poems. For example, a poem about the perfect life may be adjacent to Robert Bly's "The Resemblance Between Your Life and a Dog"; D.H. Lawrence's meditation "Snake" is right next to Wendell Barry's "The Peace of Wild Things." Housden has arranged the selections so that they make a coherent and meaningful whole when taken together, meandering from subject to subject.

Housden has primarily chosen accessible poems, which makes Risking Everything appropriate for readers who still hold that numinous fear of poetry that plagues many of us; at the same time, his selections and arrangement are sophisticated enough to sate experienced poetry readers as well.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Harakal on February 13, 2008
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The topic of this anthology of poetry, "risking everything," is perfect for anyone needing or starting a new venture in life. These poems encourage us to throw open the doors and try again. What is not risky is the quality of the work. Some of the genre's most beloved and accomplished poets are represented: Mary Oliver, Rumi, Derek Walcott, Emily Dickinson, Rilke, Hafiz, and so many more. Well-done translations, too. Whether you attempt or only dream of change, the introductory chapter will set you up for whatever comes next in your life, and the poems will follow through with a one-two punch to your soul.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fred W. Hood on May 29, 2006
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Already a fan of Frost, Cummings, Dickinson, Eliot, Kunitz, and Rilke, I began with James Wright: "Today I Was Happy, So I Made This Poem." Then I discovered, "We Shall Not Cease," by Eliot, the "Holy Spirit" by Hildegard and "Sunset" of Rilke! Quickly as carried back into that, never-never Land of youthful days, I settled into early favorites of Robert Frost and ee Cummings!

In addition to these favorites by Wright, Eliot, Hildegard, Rilke, I have come to a renewed reverence for Goethe, Wordsworth and Robert Bly!

Back to days spent singing with Robert Shaw and Frostiana Pieces like, "The Road Not Taken and "I Thank You God for this amazing day." These stand alongside the 99 year-old Stanley Kunitz, "The Long Boat!"

FROM one who tends toward nostalgia, Retired Chaplain, Fred W Hood, "barbara377" (Fayetteville Georgia United States)
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