Ten Poems to Open Your Heart

Ten Poems to Open Your Heart Ten Poems to Open Your Heart is a book devoted to love to the intimacy of personal love and lovemaking to a loving compassion for others and to the love that embraces both this world and the next Th

  • Title: Ten Poems to Open Your Heart
  • Author: Roger Housden
  • ISBN: 9781400045631
  • Page: 488
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ten Poems to Open Your Heart is a book devoted to love to the intimacy of personal love and lovemaking, to a loving compassion for others, and to the love that embraces both this world and the next This new volume from Roger Housden features a few of the same poets as his extraordinarily moving Ten Poems to Change Your Life, such as Mary Oliver and Pablo Neruda, along wiTen Poems to Open Your Heart is a book devoted to love to the intimacy of personal love and lovemaking, to a loving compassion for others, and to the love that embraces both this world and the next This new volume from Roger Housden features a few of the same poets as his extraordinarily moving Ten Poems to Change Your Life, such as Mary Oliver and Pablo Neruda, along with contributions from Sharon Olds, Wislawa Szymborska, Czeslaw Milosz, Denise Levertov, and others Any one of the ten poems and, indeed, any one of Housden s reflections on them, can open, gladden, or pierce your heart Through the voices of these ten inspiring poets, and through illustrations from his own life, Housden expresses the tenderness, beauty, joys, and sorrows of love, the presence of which, than anything else, gives human existence its meaning.As Housden says in his eloquent introduction, Great poetry happens when the mind is looking the other way and words fall from the sky to shape a moment that would normally be untranslatable When the heart opens, we forget ourselves and the world pours in this world, and also the invisible world of meaning that sustains everything that was and ever shall be.

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    About "Roger Housden"

    1. Roger Housden

      Roger Housden is the author of some twenty books of non fiction, including the best selling Ten Poems series His new book, SAVED BY BEAUTY ADVENTURES OF AN AMERICAN ROMANTIC IN IRAN, comes out on May 17 2011 with Broadway Books.

    522 thoughts on “Ten Poems to Open Your Heart”

    1. This was a lovely collection of some interesting poems and a personal explanation as to how they opened the author’s heart. A unique approach to understanding poetry, and I liked Housden’s voice most of the time. “When the heart opens, we forget ourselves and the world pours in: this world, and also the invisible world of meaning that sustains everything that was and ever shall be.”“That is what happens when the heart door opens- you become less yourself than part of everything.” Man [...]


    2. Simple compilation and commentary on 10 poems.Italian amatore, a 'lover.'All the particles in the worldAre in love and looking for lovers.Pieces of straw trembleIn the presence of amber. - RumiWest Wind #2by Mary OliverYou are young. So you know everything. You leapinto the boat and begin rowing. But listen to me.Without fanfare, without embarrassment, withoutany doubt, I talk directly to your soul. Listen to me.Lift the oars from the water, let your arms rest, andyour heart, and heart’s littl [...]


    3. Upside: good poetry. Downside: author writes so honestly about himself that it gets embarrassing and uncomfortable to read in places. (Made it seem like this was a book of the author's experiences supplemented by poetry, rather than the other way around.)Favorite part: "Love at First Sight," the poem by W. Szymborska. It moved me to tears.



    4. p.7 – When the heart opens, we forget ourselves and the world pours in this world, and also the invisible world of meaning that sustains everything that was and ever shall be. When the heart opens, everything matters, and this world and the next become one and the same. Great poetry, like great art, is a bridge between our heart and the heart of the world. p.28 – Joseph Campbell, the American mythologist, took up the troubadour’s language and style when he said: “For all true lovers know [...]


    5. I really liked this book. It's an interesting format--- a poem on the topic followed by an essay on the lesson of the poem by Housden, incorporating his knowledge of the poet and his/her works, personal reflections, and comparisons to other works inside and outside this collection. It introduced me to thought-provoking works by poets outside my experience, made me think about love and its many forms. Easy to read in small bursts, befitting poetry. I liked that it wasn't specifically literary cri [...]


    6. If I had to choose a series of books as my all time favorite, it would be Roger Housden's Ten Poems to.I've discovered my all time favorite poet (Naomi Shihab Nye) because of these books! He chooses the most exquisite, sublime, challenging and inspiring poetry, and his commentaries are superb, analysis that truely gets into the marrow of a poem. This is the perfect series, the perfect gift - boxed set of Roger Housden's Ten Poems will be life-changing (and I don't use that word lightly.)LOVE IT. [...]


    7. Another great collection of beautiful, simple, heart-opening poetry to keep near by, at the breakfast table or on your nightstand (isn't that a great word?). Special favorites: West Wind #2, by Mary Oliver, and Saint Francis and the Sow, by Galway Kinnell: The bud stands for all things,Even for things that don't flower, And then there is The Third Body, by Robert Bly -- which I believe in, and would love to experience again.


    8. Housden writes from the heart, and somehow manages to encapsulate that intensity of his vivid, selfish emotionswhich he has every right to be selfish about, and ironically by sharing this book with us, it is selfless - to showcase such beautiful and vivid emotions which simply cannot be described by vocabulary, but as a general construct of fluidity in language. An excellent read, though I daresay this would be undermining it.


    9. The poems were alright but honestly the commentary was a bit bizarre. My favorites from the collection are Love at First Sight by Wislawa Szymborska, Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye, and Pablo Neruda's sonnet that begins "when I die I want your hands on my eyes". Love at First Sight is a new favorite of mine and I appreciate that this book gave me that. But the book itself is nothing extraordinary. I'm glad I got it from the library.


    10. not being familiar or experienced in reading poetry, this was a nice introduction, and I like the author's analysis of the poems, not from a literary critic's point of view, but rather a person one. I like the format.


    11. Great book series to introduce someone to poetry. I fell in love with poetry and Housden's insightful reflections. Rumi, Oliver, Rilke are in the whole series and so many others--Jane Hirschfield, Marie Howe, David Whyte, Naomi Shihab Nye, to name a few.


    12. 4.5 stars for this one if I could 3 of the poems in here I loved a ton and I appreciated Housden's commentary on each. West Wind # 2 by Mary OliverLove Sonnet LXXXIX by Pablo Neruda Buoyancy by Rumi


    13. Housden has a magic way with poems--not only is is selection profound, his thoughtful assessment of each poem is completely accessible. I didn't think much of poetry until I started to read his series of "Ten Poems"--it completely changed my opinion and fostered a real love of poetry in me.


    14. I'll have to write a blog post about this book, but really about all of these Ten Poems books, because they all reach out and grab me. I love the selection of poems, and I love debating the analysis of the poems in his essays that follow. I need to find more of these to read!


    15. I love poetry & poetry analysis. I could totally relate to these poems & the author's interpretation of them as well.


    16. This book includes one poem that is already a favorite - by Naomi Shihab Nye. The book reminds me of Fooling With Words by Bill Moyers. Looks good!


    17. Not as good as "Ten Poem to Change Your Life"me of the personal stories of the author from that book are repeated here.


    18. I love the format of this book, Housden presents a poem then carefully analyzes it and shows how it applies to life. I loved the selection of poems as well as what he had to say about them.



    19. Another winner. This book I take to the beach with me and enjoy while communing with my surroundings. I have nothing but smiles for everyone around me.




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