In this powerful book, Roger Housden harnesses the unique ability of poetry to touch the reader's inner-most feelings. For everyone who knows there is more to life than they are currently experiencing, it aims to bring an awakening...Through the voices of ten very individual poets, Housden directs each of us to examine the universal themes that ...
In this powerful book, Roger Housden harnesses the unique ability of poetry to touch the reader's inner-most feelings. For everyone who knows there is more to life than they are currently experiencing, it aims to bring an awakening...Through the voices of ten very individual poets, Housden directs each of us to examine the universal themes that pursue us through life: those that stir our eternal emotions and desires. The ten poems presented are timeless; affecting us with a powerful sense of reality, and moving us to alter the way we view ourselves and the world. With a penetrating commentary on each of the poems, Housden provides an insight into his own spiritual journey, and invites us to contemplate the significance of the poet's message in our own lives.
This entire five-book series of ten poems, with deeply personal reflections and revelations by author Roger Housden following each, has become a touchstone for me. Any of the five compilations thoroughly redeems poetry with a common note that restores its universality (from Greek Odes to rap lyrics) and shuns the practice of parsing words and meanings to death. Each poem was mindfully chosen to be accessible to a wide population. The themes are contemporary, although some may have been written in the 13th century and others during the last thirteen years. The language is modern, magical and an absolute pleasure to read aloud. Many of the poets were previously unknown to me. The themes are enduring, the compassion and love palpable. It's a simple message: It is all about love, always and ever, love of self, others, whatever you may or may not perceive of as God, love of life and living it to the fullest. The poems valid the simple joy of being.
The author of this series of keepsake books helps guide readers through the thoughts and emotions of the poets themselves, and invites each of us in our own way, to open our minds to how their words may speak to or challenge our personal lives and world views.
In a year when I have faced many challenges, I found these books comforting and unabashedly daring in equal measure. Like a good friend who cares enough to say what needs to be heard, who forces you to rethink or justify kneejerk reactions. Who coaxes you out of dark corners into a greater acceptance of what can be. Many struck a nerve. Others were an oasis of pure calm and reassurance, a lifeline of words to carry forth and reread many times over.
I have already purchased multiple copies of each title to share with others. Like Anne Lindburgh's Gift From The Sea the insights and pleasures of these books run deep and the poems will speak anew each time you read them. Highly recommended as a gift for anyone you love, including yourself.
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