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.
The poets: 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...
"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
"Poems of Awakening is a carefully chosen collection of inspiring poetry from all over the globe. These poems help me remember what is true and real."
- Danna Faulds, author of Go In and In and four other books of yoga poetry
"In today's world, we all need many sources of inspiration, and Betsy Small's Poems of Awakening is a deep one. The poems, and the feelings they evoke, appeal to the best part of ourselves." - Judith Lasater, Ph.D, PT, yoga teacher ...