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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. The Pocket Rumi

    The Pocket Rumi

    • by
    • Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
    • edited by
    • Kabir Helminski
    The cry of the soul in love with God has never been more eloquently expressed than by the great Persian Sufi master Jalaluddin Rumi (1207–1273). Readers have thrilled to his ecstatic songs of divine union for more than eight hundred years. Now, here is the collection of the best of Rumi’s poetry reissued as part of a new series with Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, H.H. the Dalai Lama, and… Read More

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  2. The Wilds of Poetry

    The Wilds of Poetry

    Adventures in Mind and Landscape

    • by
    • David Hinton
    An exploration of the emerging Western consciousness of the mystery of existence, as seen through the work of the great American poets from Walt Whitman to Gary Snyder—a thrilling journey with today’s premier translator of the Chinese classics.David Hinton sees in the West beginning in the nineteenth century the dawning of a larger consciousness such as seemed to happen in Asia much longer ago: an opening up of mind and… Read More

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  3. Eat This Poem

    Eat This Poem

    A Literary Feast of Recipes Inspired by Poetry

    • by
    • Nicole Gulotta
    I want to remember us this way—late September sun streaming throughthe window, bread loaves and goldenbunches of grapes on the table,spoonfuls of hot soup risingto our lips, filling uswith what endures.—Peter Pereira, from “A Pot of Red Lentils”Food and poetry are two of life’s essential ingredients. In the same way that salt seasons ingredients to bring out their flavors, poetry seasons our lives; when celebrated together, our everyday moments and… Read More

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  4. Cold Mountain

    Cold Mountain

    The Legend of Han Shan and Shih Te, the Original Dharma Bums (A Graphic Novel)

    • by
    • Sean Michael Wilson
    Here is a graphic-novel portrait of the wild antics and legendary poetry of two of China’s greatest poets. Han Shan (known as “Cold Mountain”) and Shih Te lived during the Tang dynasty (618–906 C.E.), and were critics of authority (both secular and religious) and champions of social justice. They left their poetry on tree trunks and rocks, and they were also reportedly monastics, drunks, cave dwellers, immortals, and many other… Read More

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Twenty Poems to Bless Your Marriage

    Twenty Poems to Bless Your Marriage

    And One to Save It

    • by
    • Roger Housden
    Poems can teach us in ways that surpass other forms of understanding, especially when the subject concerns matters of the heart. When the heart’s whispers are too faint for us to hear in ordinary ways, poetry can speak to us with another kind of eloquence. From the leap of joy that a couple takes on their wedding day to a fiftieth wedding anniversary that acknowledges the deep connection that… Read More

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  8. 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 look… Read More

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  9. 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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  10. The Art of Haiku

    The Art of Haiku

    Its History through Poems and Paintings by Japanese Masters

    • by
    • Stephen Addiss
    In the past hundred years, haiku has gone far beyond its Japanese origins to become a worldwide phenomenon—with the classic poetic form growing and evolving as it has adapted to the needs of the whole range of languages and cultures that have embraced it. This proliferation of the joy of haiku is cause for celebration—but it can also compel us to go back to the beginning: to look at haiku’s… Read More

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