How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope

How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope


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Discover the gift of poetry!

From humorous and uplifting to meditative and moving, these poems provide something for every mood and moment. One hundred of our best-loved and emerging writers offer these relatable reminders to slow down, rediscover the beauty and gifts of ordinary life, and reconnect with the things that matter most. Includes poems from:

Tracy K. Smith
Ross Gay
Naomi Shihab Nye
Ellen Bass
Joy Harjo
Mark Nepo
Jane Hirshfield
Ted Kooser
Amanda Gorman
January Gill O'Neil
Danusha Lameris
Alberto Rios

Accompanied by prompts for reflection, these are poems you'll return to often for inspiration and creative exploration of life's daily gifts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635863864
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 03/23/2021
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 29,885
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

James Crews is the editor of the best-selling anthology, How to Love the World, which has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, in the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post, and is the author of four prize-winning collections of poetry: The Book of What StaysTelling My FatherBluebird, and Every Waking Moment. His poems have been reprinted in the New York Times MagazinePloughsharesThe New Republic, and The Christian Century, and in former US poet laureate Ted Kooser’s weekly newspaper column, “American Life in Poetry,” and featured on Tracy K. Smith’s podcast, The Slowdown. He worked with Ted Kooser on “American Life in Poetry,” which reaches millions of readers across the world. Crews holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a PhD in writing and literature from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He teaches poetry at the University at Albany and lives with his husband in Shaftsbury, Vermont. 

Ross Gay is the author of The Book of Delights, a genre-defying book of essays, and four books of poetry, including his most recent, Be Holding, is a love song to legendary basketball player Julius Erving—known as Dr. J—who dominated courts in the 1970s and ‘80s as a small forward for the Philadelphia ‘76ers. Gay is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine “Some Call it Ballin’.” A founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project, Gay has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x

Foreword Ross Gay xi

The Necessity of Joy James Crews 1

Hope Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer 5

Dandelion Ted Kooser 6

Promise Barbara Crooker 7

At the Age of 18-Ode to Girls of Color Amanda Gorman 8

In Any Event Dorianne Laux 10

Astral Chorus Laura Grace Weldon 11

My Daughter's Singing Garret Keizer 12

Surprise Breakfast David Romtvedt 13

The Facts of Life Ron Wallace 15

Fifteen Years Later, I See How It Went Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer 16

The Newborns Kathryn Hunt 17

Shells Christen Pagett 18

Bus Stop Laure-Anne Bosselaar 19

Hoodie January Gill O'Neil 20

Angel Terri Kirby Erickson 21

Thankful for Now Todd Davis 22

Reflective Pause: The Joy of Presence 23

Autism Poem: The Grid Barbara Crooker 24

Kindergarten Studies the Human Heart Diana Whitney 25

Valentine's Day Gail Newman 27

In Gratitude Abigail Carroll 29

Held Open Michelle Wiegers 32

Listening for Your Name David Graham 33

Another Day Filled with Sleeves of Light Heather Swan 34

A Cure Against Poisonous Thought Annie Lighthart 35

Forgiveness Mary McCue 36

Two Weeks After a Silent Retreat Heather Lanier 37

Reflective Pause: The Kingdom at Hand 39

Today, When I Could Do Nothing Jane Hirshfield 40

Red Thyme Laura Ann Reed 42

The Once Invisible Garden Laura Foley 43

Down to Earth James Crews 44

Old Friends Freya Manfred 45

Let It Rain Brad Peacock 46

Against Panic Molly Fisk 47

Over the Weather Naomi Shihab Nye 48

Notions Paula Gordon Lepp 49

Any Common Desolation Ellen Bass 50

Reflective Pause: Returning to the World 51

Language, Prayer, and Grace Mark Nepo 52

The Fish Jane Hirshfield 53

Reincarnate Patricia Fargnoli 54

Innocence Linda Hogan 55

Everything Is Made of Labor Farnaz Fatemi 56

Apple Blossoms Susan Kelly-DeWitt 57

Growing Apples Nancy Miller Gomez 58

Aspen Danusha Laméris 59

With Trees Margaret Hasse 61

Shelter in Place Kim Stafford 63

Missing Key Heather Newman 64

Climbing the Golden Mountain Michael Kiesow Moore 65

To See It Laura Foley 66

Unclouded Vision Jacqueline Jules 67

Improvement Danusha Laméris 68

Reflective Pause: Grateful for Small Victories 70

After Spending the Morning Baking Bread Jack Ridl 71

Radiance Wally Swist 72

Morning Kristen Case 73

Wedding Poem Ross Gay 74

Pledge Jehanne Dubrow 76

Angela Narciso Torres Amores Perros 77

Mending Noah Davis 79

Penny Harter In the Dark 80

A Candle in the Night Nathan Spoon 81

Praise of Darkness Francine Marie Tolf 82

An Essay on Age Judith Chalmer 83

Easter Morning TedKooser 84

The Cardinal Reminds Me Andrea Potos 85

When Life Seems a To-Do List Marjorie Saiser 86

Moon Lahab Assef Al-Jundi 87

Because the Night You Asked Crystal S. Gibbins 88

September Swim Rob Hunter 89

What to Do Joyce Sutphen 91

Any Morning William Stafford 92

Reflective Pause: Pieces of Heaven 93

How It Might Continue Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer 94

From Blossoms Li-Young Lee 95

Motherhood Jessica Gigot 96

Wondrous Sarah Freligh 97

Summer Apples Cathryn Essinger 98

Third Year of My Mother's Dementia Lynne Knight 99

Rabbit Heather Swan 100

Laughter Dale Biron 101

In the Company of Women January Gill O'Neil 102

Leaning to the Light Alice Wolf Gilborn 103

I Watched an Angel in the Emergency Room Andrea Potos 104

When Giving Is All We Have Alberto Ríos 105

Offering Albert Garcia 106

Too Many to Count Alison Luterman 108

If I Carry My Father Marjorie Saiser 110

Weather George Bilgere 111

Work Sally Bliumis-Dunn 112

Reflective Pause: The Joy of Making 113

Goldfinches Danusha Laméris 114

The Lesser Goldfinch Connie Wanek 116

The Word Tony Hoagland 117

Tomorrow Barbara Crooker 119

Quail Hollow Cynthia White 120

Compost Happens Laura Grace Weldon 122

Part of the Landscape Joan Mazza 123

Essential Gratitude Andrea Potos 124

Reflective Pause: The Gratitude List 125

Gratitude List Laura Foley 126

The Dog Body of My Soul Katherine Williams 127

Scratch, Sniff Katie Rubinstein 129

Summer Cottage Mary Elder Jacobsen 130

Coming Home at Twilight in Late Summer Jane Kenyon 131

Perceptive Prayer Grace Bauer 132

Sap Icicles Patricia Fontaine 133

The lesson of the falling leaves Lucille Clifton 135

A Dervish of Leaves Ted Kooser 136

Winter Morning James Crews 137

The Good Life Tracy K. Smith 138

Thanksgiving for Two Marjorie Saiser 139

Reflective Pause: The Feast of Bach Moment 141

Nest Jeffrey Harrison 142

Getting into Bed on a December Night Ellen Bass 143

Everybody Made Soups Lisa Coffman 144

Darkest Before Dawn James Crews 145

Rosary Brad Peacock 146

To Ask Julie Murphy 147

There Doesn't Need to Be a Poem Tess Taylor 148

Wingspan Amy Dryansky 150

Eagle Poem Joy Harjo 151

What Matters Terri Kirby Erickson 152

In Love with the World Mark Nepo 153

Reading Group Questions and Topics for Discussion 154

Poet Biographies 160

Credits 187

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