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Ten Poems to Change Your Life Hardcover – June 26, 2001
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Through the voices of ten inspiring poets and his own reflections, the author of Sacred America shows how poetry illuminates the eternal feelings and desires that stir the human heart and soul. These poems explore such universal themes as the awakening of wonder, the longing for love, the wisdom of dreams, and the courage required to live an authentic life. In thoughtful commentary on each work, Housden offers glimpses into his personal spiritual journey and invites readers to contemplate the significance of the poet's message in their own lives.
In Ten Poems to Change Your Life, Roger Housden shows how these astonishing poems can inspire you to live what you always knew in your bones but never had the words for.
"The Journey" by Mary Oliver
"Last Night as I Was Sleeping" by Antonio Machado
"Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman
"Zero Circle" by Rumi
"The Time Before Death" by Kabir
"Ode to My Socks" by Pablo Neruda
"Last Gods" by Galway Kinnell
"For the Anniversary of My Death" by W. S. Merwin
"Love After Love" by Derek Walcott
"The Dark Night" by St. John of the Cross
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Housden's choices range from Whitman's enthused "Song of Myself" (this one would make it onto my list also)... to the simple pleasures of "Ode to My Socks" by Pablo Neruda... to the inspirational "The Journey" by Mary Oliver... to the old age reborn to new age "Zero Circle" by Rumi... to the deliciously sensual "Last Gods" by Galway Kinnell... to the always impressive "For the Anniversary of My Death" by W.S. Merwin... and more. Each poem is followed by Housden's essay elaborating his choice, the poem's effect on him, it's life-changing (at least for him) message. He kindles the poetry flame, and that is a wonderful thing.
For those who are reasonably well acquainted with poetry, there is little new here. The authors should all be familiar ones, several by now considered classics.Read more ›
Thanks, Roger. WHAT a gift!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent poetry! Inspiring and life changing. Poetry at its best!Published 4 months ago by Jim Francek
If none of these ten poems change your life, then one or two will certainly make you think, even if you've encountered them before. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mary Langer Thompson
I gave 4 stars instead of 5 only because I didn't actually read the book. I purchased this book as a birthday gift for my daughter. She is an English teacher and loves poetry. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carol S.
Great selection of poems, explicated well by Housden. Makes a great gift.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
book was like brand new and I loved how easy and perfect the entire purchase went.Published 7 months ago by Arlene N
These writings just emphasis ether messages I received from so many different sources lately.Published 8 months ago by Helen W. Cody
I became impressed with Housden when I read his book about Rembrandt. I immediately read "ten poems to change your life" and was even more certain he was a conscious... Read morePublished 10 months ago by A customer