Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words

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       Can someone really be saved by a poem? In Kim Rosen’s book, the answer is a re­sounding “Yes!” Poetry, the most ancient form of prayer, is a necessary medicine for our times: a companion through difficulty; a guide when we are lost; a salve when we are wounded; and a conduit to an inner source of joy, freedom, and insight.

       Whether you are a lover of poetry or have yet to discover its power, Rosen offers a new way to experience a poem. ...

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Overview

       Can someone really be saved by a poem? In Kim Rosen’s book, the answer is a re­sounding “Yes!” Poetry, the most ancient form of prayer, is a necessary medicine for our times: a companion through difficulty; a guide when we are lost; a salve when we are wounded; and a conduit to an inner source of joy, freedom, and insight.

       Whether you are a lover of poetry or have yet to discover its power, Rosen offers a new way to experience a poem. She encourages you to feel the poem as you might an affirmation or sacred text, which can align every level of your being.

      In an uncertain world, Saved by a Poem is an emphatic call to cultivate the ever-renewable resources of the heart. Through poetry, the unspeakable can be spoken, the unendurable endured, and the miraculous shared. Weaving teaching, story, verse, and memoir, Rosen guides you to find a poem that speaks to you so you can take it into your life and become a voice for its wisdom in the world.

Inspirational CD Included! Featuring the voices of well-known authors reading a favorite poem and discussing its personal significance: Joan Borysenko, Andrew Harvey, Jane Hirshfield, Marie Howe, Grace Yi-Nan Howe, Robert Holden, Stanley Kunitz, Elizabeth Lesser, Thomas Moore, Christiane Northrup, Cheryl Richardson, Kim Rosen, and Geneen Roth.

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Saved by a Poem is, quite simply, transformational. A book that I now keep by my bedside. I have never before appreciated the power of poetry having been talked out of it in school. Kim Rosen redeemed poetry for me. And a whole new world has opened up.I love this book (and the CD that goes with it).”
 
— Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of The Secret Pleasures of Menopause; The Wisdom of Menopause; Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom; and Mother-Daughter Wisdom

“Rarely in one’s life does a book come along that touches a tender place in the heart that knows truth. Saved by a Poem did that for me. It reawakened my love of poetry, filled my soul with the beauty of its words, and fueled my creative spirit with the vital nourishment that only poetry can offer. What a gift. Thank you, Kim Rosen.”
 
Cheryl Richardson, author of The Art of Extreme Self-Care

“Kim Rosen’s work is a unique and important means to help us embody the word in a time when reality is becoming more and more virtual.”
 
Roger Housden, author of Ten Poems to Change Your Life

“Kim Rosen’s work is infinitely more important than it might appear. I have no doubt that our highly distressed society could be saved by poetry. Kim tells us here how a poem wakens and nourishes the soul and gives us the insight and sensitivity we need to live as creative individuals and as a peaceful society. She tells us how and what to read, not just appreciating some surface pleasantness but taking in the life-changing perspectives of real poetry. You will be educated and healed by this book.”
 
Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Writing in the Sand

“Intimate and wise, personal and encyclopedic, this book is about the fully embodied life that steps forward when great language is spoken aloud. Kim Rosen opens—and holds open—poetry's first door: the intimate and unobstructed voice. She shows how the practice of saying a poem can be limitless, revealing our fullest capacities of heart and mind, and returning those capacities to us in times when we have forgotten our way. This is a book both profoundly useful and usefully profound. It comes straight from the original fires in which poems are forged.”
 
 — Jane Hirshfield, author of Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry

“Kim Rosen’s terrific and moving book invites everyone into the inspiring power of poetry to transform not only perceptions of the world but also how we act within it. This is a brave, powerful, passionate book that will bring healing joy to anyone who reads it.”
 
—     Andrew Harvey, author of The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi and The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism

“If you love poetry, you will treasure this book. But even if you have never liked poetry much at all, I suspect this book might convert you.”
 
Sharon Salzberg, author of Loving Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

“Kim Rosen is bringing poetry back to where it belongs—into our bodies. To know a poem from the inside is to become a tabernacle for the sacred song of human life. We knew this long ago. Kim Rosen is helping us to remember. This art of knowing and holding poems within ourselves is crucial and life saving.”
 
Marie Howe, author of What the Living Do and The Kingdom of Ordinary Time

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401921460
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 500,757
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Rosen, MFA, is a spoken-word artist, a teacher of self-inquiry, and an award-winning poet. She has given poetry concerts, lectures, and workshops in venues from cathedrals to juvenile lockdown facilities. She has been on the faculty of Wisdom University, the Omega Institute, and Kripalu.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2010

    Amazing book! A must read.

    This book opened up a whole new world for me. It is full of stories of how poetry has touched and changed individual lives, as well as making it accessible to the reader. It makes the world of poetry available to everyone. Very enriching...a must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Mimi

    Puts her stuff down and sarts making her ed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Excellent

    Book is a significant addition to my library and CD is wonderful. I have repeatedly referred to Rosen's definition of learning "by heart" rather than "memorizing". Her practical application is amazing, inspiring. Book is interesting on many levels, especially as a teaching/learning tool.

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  • Posted January 9, 2012

    Recommed

    This book "spoke" to me. It opened my eyes to the power of poetry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2011

    This is for you, especially if you think you don't like poetry!

    As a person who has never cared for poetry this has been a wonderful revelation about poems! I have a new respect for poets and their work. Ms. Rosen writes conversationally and the book has opened my eyes to a whole new world. The CD that is included is informative including poems read by by various people, and how the poem has impacted their life. Some poems are included in the book, but it is much more ABOUT poetry and how to incorporate it into your life

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