Poems of Awakening

Published Apr. 2011
Outskirts Press
$12.95 | 130 pgs

Poems unfold, and in unfolding, nourish and awaken one to the joyfulness of the present moment and the sense of being part of what Walt Whitman calls a “vast similitude” which “interlocks all”.

You don’t have to be a poetry lover, a yogi, or a meditation practitioner to appreciate these timeless and deeply felt poems, which invite readers of all generations and cultures to contemplate their own spiritual journey, or simply to savor the beauty of the moment.

Edited by Betsy Small, the poets include Leza Lowitz, Kabir, Hafiz, Shih-Te, Anna Swir, Walt Whitman, e.e. cummings, Wendell Berry, H.D., Mary Oliver, May Sarton, Li-Young Lee, Thich Nhat Hanh, Naomi Shihab Nye, and many more.

Praise for Poems of Awakening

This is, quite simply, one of the more extraordinary selections of "awakening" poems I have read, beautifully curated, filled with unexpected gems as well as familiar voices. Quite simply, it expands the field, and is a book I warmly welcome to my own bookshelf.

Jane Hirshfield, American Buddhist poet and translator

What a joy it is to find so many beautiful, moving, edifying poems in one place!

Al Zolynas, poet and editor of The Poetry of Men's Lives 

These are poems to savor and to share with your students, your clients, and your beloveds.

Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression and founder of the Life Force Yoga Healing Institute