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Ten Poems to Change Your Life

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This is a dangerous book. Great poetry calls into question not less than everything. It dares us to break free from the safe strategies of the cautious mind. It opens us to pain and joy and delight. It amazes, startles, pierces, and transforms us. It can lead to communion and grace.

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...

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Overview

This is a dangerous book. Great poetry calls into question not less than everything. It dares us to break free from the safe strategies of the cautious mind. It opens us to pain and joy and delight. It amazes, startles, pierces, and transforms us. It can lead to communion and grace.

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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"In Ten Poems to Change Your Life Housden offers a unique map for the Soul's journey and encourages us to begin. Accessible, elegant, luminous, and wise, this book is Soul food."
— Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather's Blessings
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780609609019
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 171,805
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Housden gives public recitals of ecstatic poetry from the world's great literary and spiritual traditions. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Maria. He is the author of nine books and is a lifelong student of the beauty of the word, including poetry. His previous books include Sacred America: The Emerging Spirit of the People and Travels Through Sacred India.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    I loved Ten Poems to Change Your Life and I can say that my life has been changed by reading it.

    I used to love poetry and read it a lot and then time has gotten away with "life". But now, after reading Ten Poems, I have a renewed interest, thanks to the author's bringing the ten very different poems alive. I liked his using personal experiences as well as linking the poems to other poets. It is very fulfilling to read and muse over these poems.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    thought provoking

    loved reading the poems then delving more deeply into them

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    Love this book!

    Housden's words help me appreciate the poems more, its like eating well done comfort food!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2003

    Read this Book to change your life!!!!!!!!!!

    Can¿t get enough of visionary fiction? Neither can I! These are just a few titles that will inspire you: The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield) ; The Butterfly (Jay Singh); The Monk who sold his Ferrari (Robin Sharma) ; The Alchemist (Paulo Coehlo); Chasing Rumi (Roger Housden). My favorite is by far and away THE ALCHEMIST! Go ahead¿be inspired. Happy reading. Donald S. Buckland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2002

    Brilliant poems

    Not only has Roger Housden gathered together a collection of inspiring poetry from some of the greatest poets throughout time and place, he profoundly guides the reader through the selected poems, by sharing his perceptions of their rich meaning, in revealing insights from his own personal journey. Whether you're a long-time lover of poetry or have just developed an appreciation for this heart-filled expression of art, you will connect and be transformed by the truth and inspiration of the work of the gifted and brilliant poets shared in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2002

    Great Book

    This is a great collection of poetry that I very much enjoyed. I recommend it to anyone as it is truly wonderful.

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    Posted December 10, 2009

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