Saved by a Poem

Saved by a Poem

Saved by a Poem

Can someone really be saved by a poem? In Kim Rosen’s book, the answer is a re­sounding "Yes!" Poetry, the most ancient form of prayer, is a necessary medicine for our times: a companion through difficulty; a guide when we are lost; a salve when we are wounded; and a conduit to an inner source of joy, freedom, and insight. Whether you are a lover of poetry or have yet to discover its power, Rosen offers a new way to experience a poem. She encourages you to feel the poem as you might an affirmation or sacred text, which can align every level of your being. In an uncertain world, Saved by a Poem is an emphatic call to cultivate the ever-renewable resources of the heart. Through poetry, the unspeakable can be spoken, the unendurable endured, and the miraculous shared. Weaving teaching, story, verse, and memoir, Rosen guides you to find a poem that speaks to you so you can take it into your life and become a voice for its wisdom in the world. Inspirational audio download included! Featuring the voices of well-known authors reading a favorite poem and discussing its personal significance: Joan Borysenko, Andrew Harvey, Jane Hirshfield, Marie Howe, Grace Yi-Nan Howe, Robert Holden, Stanley Kunitz, Elizabeth Lesser, Thomas Moore, Christiane Northrup, Cheryl Richardson, Kim Rosen, and Geneen Roth.

In Walt We Trust

In Walt We Trust

In Walt We Trust

Life in the United States today is shot through with uncertainty: about our jobs, our mortgaged houses, our retirement accounts, our health, our marriages, and the future that awaits our children. For many, our lives, public and private, have come to feel like the discomfort and unease you experience the day or two before you get really sick. Our life is a scratchy throat. John Marsh offers an unlikely remedy for this widespread malaise: the poetry of Walt Whitman. Mired in personal and political depression, Marsh turned to Whitman—and it saved his life. In Walt We Trust: How a Queer Socialist Poet Can Save America from Itself is a book about how Walt Whitman can save America’s life, too. Marsh identifies four sources for our contemporary malaise (death, money, sex, democracy) and then looks to a particular Whitman poem for relief from it. He makes plain what, exactly, Whitman wrote and what he believed by showing how they emerged from Whitman’s life and times, and by recreating the places and incidents (crossing Brooklyn ferry, visiting wounded soldiers in hospitals) that inspired Whitman to write the poems. Whitman, Marsh argues, can show us how to die, how to accept and even celebrate our (relatively speaking) imminent death. Just as important, though, he can show us how to live: how to have better sex, what to do about money, and, best of all, how to survive our fetid democracy without coming away stinking ourselves. The result is a mix of biography, literary criticism, manifesto, and a kind of self-help you’re unlikely to encounter anywhere else.

Saved Sanity

Saved Sanity

Saved Sanity

In the introduction Mark writes that each of these poems are the result of a cup of coffee, a clear mind and a look deep inside. This is the best way of describing the creative process that the author engaged when putting pen to paper. The subtitle of the book "Thoughts Pretending to be Poems" is accurate as not everything in the book is a poem in any accepted interpretation of the art form but the book as a whole is poetic in the purest sense of the word.

My Father s Poem

My Father s Poem

My Father s Poem

This book is a little look inside my mind and my personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. I want people to read how His word influences my thoughts and ideas. He is a never-ending spring and the source of my strength since I was a young girl and He can be your's too. These are my poems written from the year 2000-2017. He saved my life in the year 2004 when my man was murdered in front of my 2 children and I. Later on my 20 month old daughter died after accidentally being ran over by my next door neighbor in the year 2011. I also gave birth to a stillborn son in the year 2014. Recently My mother went to be with the Lord in the year 2016 My Heavenly Father helped me to deal with all these and more trials and tribulations. Poetry has been my form of expression that God has given me to share my story. I hope you enjoy it. May He richly bless you as you read. He loves you and wanted me to tell you that you are precious in His sight.

Literature and Transformation

Literature and Transformation

Literature and Transformation

It has long remained a tacit assumption in hermeneutics and literary theory that works of imaginative literature have the potential to change the reader’s self. Literature and Transformation develops a method called Intimate Reading to investigate how ordinary readers are deeply moved by what they read and the transformative impact such experiences have on their sense of self. The book presents unique narratives of such experiences and suggests a theory of transformative affective patterns that may form the basis of an affective literary theory.