Monday, June 20, 2011

Poetry Review - Ten Poems to Change Your Life

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Bluebell Books Poetry Paradise. Today I am reviewing Ten Poems to Change Your Life by author and poet Roger Housden. Published in 2003, this book is a collection of poems that have been significant to the author, but all are much more than that. These poems, beginning with the transformational poem The Journey by Mary Oliver (following) are powerful, moving.....

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice-
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend by life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do-
determined to save
the only life that you could save.

Gradually the poems and Housden's critique of each lead the reader from the beginning of the life journey to the end with insight and a connectedness that allows you to relate the verse to your own life experience

Other poets featured include Antonio Machado, Walt Whitman, Rumi, Kabir, Pablo Neruda, Galway Kinnell, W.S. Merwin and Derek Walcott, and a brief biography of each is included.

Subsequent publications by Housden include Ten Poems to Change Your Life Again and Again (2007) Chasing Rumi: A Fable About Finding the Heart's True Desire details are available on his website.

Talk Soon, Cynthia Marston


Indie said...

I hadnt heard of this book but I will be checking it out. I LOVE Mary Oliver and am glad she is included.

Love your reviews Cynthia!


Jingle said...

But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers

the repeating lines are powerful and haunting.

awesome review.
enjoyed the poem of your choice.

Short Poems said...

Great review, Cynthia!

Cynthia M said...

Thanks Guys,
I'm loving all the blogs too...what an amazing bunch of reviewers :)