Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe is hosting
this week's roundup of poetic goodness.
Thanks, Heidi, for hosting and
for sharing shelter in poetry today.
"Without poetry, we lose our way."
—Joy Harjo, U.S. Poet Laureate & Academy of American Poets Chancellor (2019– )
I'm sharing the book, Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness & Connection, edited by James Crews, in the hopes that it will help us find our way. Every time I open the book, I'm inspired by the poems I read. These words from Ted Kooser in the Preface provide the perfect invitation:
"Or what if we just throw open the windows and let in the clean light of every one of these poems? At least for those minutes, or so it seems to me, we'd see the world as a richer, more meaningful, a kinder and more tender place.
"Enjoy this book as I have, reading it through, then reading it through again, then going back to mark those pages I want to go back to again and again and again."
Light is my OLW for 2020. I'm giving special attention to things that light the way this year and this collection leads the way. Every time I pick it up, I find new poems to love. Today I love "Soaking Up the Sun" by Tom Hennen, "To Be Held" by Linda Hogan, and "Gathering" by Natasha Trethewey. Treat yourself and order Healing the Divide from your favorite independent bookstore. If you don't have an independent bookstore to support, Island Books, a beloved institution in our community for 45+ years, ships free to anywhere in the U.S.