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Poems are like islands in the sea of words through which we swim every day. We take comfort and pleasure in them, but they can also sometimes challenge us, provoke, us, or wake us up to see things in new ways. The enlightening art of poetry has been a part of our publishing program from the very beginning.

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  1. Love Haiku

    Love Haiku

    Japanese Poems of Yearning, Passion, and Remembrance

    • by
    • Patricia Donegan,
    • Yoshie Ishibashi
    Haiku is celebrated as a concise form of poetry capable of conveying a singular moment with great clarity. Such poems most often depict the natural world, but they can also be a powerful vehicle for evoking the universal experience of love. In this anthology, romantic love is explored through beautiful images that evoke a range of feelings—from solitary yearning to mutual passion to the bittersweet recollection of love lost. Written… Read More

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  2. Twenty Poems to Bless Your Marriage

    Twenty Poems to Bless Your Marriage

    And One to Save It

    • by
    • Roger Housden
    Marriage is a journey that passes through different shades and stages as it deepens and matures. This book honors that journey through twenty-one poems that speak to various aspects of the marital relationship—love, compassion, commitment, struggle, tenderness, bliss—selected and with commentary by Roger Housden, the author of Ten Poems to Change Your Life. Taken as a whole, the collection beckons couples to treasure not just the joy and the passion… Read More

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  3. Cold Mountain Poems

    Cold Mountain Poems

    Zen Poems of Han Shan, Shih Te, and Wang Fan-chih

    • by
    • Han Shan
    Popularized in the West by Beat Generation writers Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac, T’ang-era rebel poet Han Shan is an icon of Chinese poetry and Zen. He and his sidekick, Shih Te, are known as the laughing, ragged pair who left their poetry on stones, trees, farmhouses, and monastery walls, calling others to “the Cold Mountain way” of simple, honest, joyful living. J. P. Seaton takes a fresh… Read More

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  4. Sky Above, Great Wind

    Sky Above, Great Wind

    The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan

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    • Ryokan
    Ryokan (1758–1831) is, along with Dogen and Hakuin, one of the three giants of Zen in Japan. But unlike his two renowned colleagues, Ryokan was a societal dropout, living mostly as a hermit and a beggar. He was never head of a monastery or temple. He liked playing with children. He had no dharma heir. Even so, people recognized the depth of his realization, and he was sought out by… Read More

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  5. Bright Moon, White Clouds

    Bright Moon, White Clouds

    Selected Poems of Li Po

    • by
    • Li Po
    • edited by
    • J. P. Seaton
    His work is one of the glories of Chinese poetry’s golden age, and it has not ceased to delight readers in the twelve centuries since. Li Po (701–762) wrote of the pleasures of nature, of wine, and of the life of a wandering poet in a way that speaks to us across the centuries with remarkable intimacy—and that special, timeless quality is one of the reasons Li Po became… Read More

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  6. The Rumi Daybook

    The Rumi Daybook

    • edited by
    • Kabir Helminski,
    • Camille Helminski
    "My heart wandered through the world constantly seeking after my cure, but the sweet and delicious water of life had to break through the granite of my heart." When the words of Rumi enter your heart, something softens, breaks, and is subtly reborn. That he wrote the words seven hundred years ago in a medieval Persian world that bears… Read More

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  7. Love's Ripening

    Love's Ripening

    Rumi on the Heart's Journey

    • by
    • Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
    Love is the meaning of our existence, the raw material of transformation, the glorious way of access to Divine intimacy. This teaching infuses the lyric verse of Rumi (1207–1273), the greatest of the Sufi poets. The poems in this collection, taken from among the master’s many volumes of work, focus on one of his greatest themes: how love grows and matures for those on the spiritual path. Kabir Helminski and… Read More

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  8. Haiku Mind

    Haiku Mind

    108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness and Open Your Heart

    • by
    • Patricia Donegan
    Haiku, the Japanese form of poetry written in just three lines, can be miraculous in its power to articulate the profundity of the simplest moment—and for that reason haiku can be a useful tool for bringing us to a heightened awareness of our lives. Here, the poet Patricia Donegan shares her experience of the haiku form as a way of insight that anyone can use to slow down and… Read More

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  9. Wild Ivy

    Wild Ivy

    The Spiritual Autobiography of Zen Master Hakuin

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    • Hakuin
    A fiery and intensely dynamic Zen teacher and artist, Hakuin (1685–1768) is credited with almost single-handedly revitalizing Japanese Zen after three hundred years of decline. As a teacher, he placed special emphasis on koan practice, inventing many new koans himself, including the famous “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” This English translation of Hakuin’s intimate self-portrait includes reminiscences from his childhood, accounts of his Zen practice and enlightenment… Read More

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  10. The Pocket Emily Dickinson

    The Pocket Emily Dickinson

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    • Emily Dickinson
    Considered by many to be the spiritual mother of American poetry, Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) was one of the most prolific and innovative poets of her era. Well-known for her reclusive personal life in Amherst, Massachusetts, her distinctively short lines, and eccentric approach to punctuation and capitalization, she completed over seventeen hundred poems in her short life. Though fewer than a dozen of her poems were actually published during her lifetime,… Read More

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