Poetry

"Language is a tailor shop 
where nothing fits."- Rumi


Below are some truly terrific books of poems. They are straight-talking, truth-teller, heart-chakra poems that express and touch the soul. They're so good that even poetry-haters often love them. Each book has many outstanding poems.

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Here is a 'perfect poem' from Mary Oliver's "New & Selected" above. It is so personal that it's universal. Every word works. And the more you read it--especially out loud--the truer it, and you, become.

The Journey

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 my 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 you could save.

-- Mary Oliver

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