Dancing with Joy: 99 Poems

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Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony, Jan 21, 2009 - Poetry - 208 pages
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In his collection Risking Everything, Housden addressed love’s many aspects. Now, in Dancing with Joy, he assembles 99 poems from 69 poets that celebrate the many colors of joy. Anything can be a catalyst for joy, these poems reveal.

For Wislawa Szymborska, the catalyst is a dream; for Robert Bly, being in the company of his ten-year-old son; for Gerald Stern, it is a grapefruit at breakfast; for Billy Collins, a cigarette. Dancing with Joy includes English and Italian classical and romantic works; early Chinese and Persian verse; and poets from Chile, France, Sweden, Poland, Russia, Turkey, and India, plus a range of contemporary American and English poets.

Whether inspiration is what you need, or an affirmation of what is already joyful in life, Dancing with Joy is a welcome treat for Housden’s numerous fans, as well as anyone looking for sheer happiness, marvelously expressed.


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Contents

INTRODUCTION
13
A Brief for the Defense by jack Gilbert
23
Good God What a Night That Was
30
From Blossoms by LiYoung Lee
37
The Summer Day by Mary Oliver
43
Adam and Eve in the Garden by john Milton
47
The Swan by Mary Oliver
54
Eating Poetry by Mark Strand
61
Late SelfPortrait by Rembrandt
104
Full Summer by Sharon Olds
108
The Source of joy by Rumi
116
A Wild Peculiar joy by Irving Layton
122
your little voice by E E Cummings
129
Was Young by Erica Ehrenberg
135
Its This Way by Nazim Hikmet
141
I Want Something Without a Name
145

Welcome Morning by Anne Sexton
68
SeaFever by john Masefield
74
A Dialogue of Self and Soul Excerpt
77
I Taste 1 Liquor Never Brewed
83
But You Who Are So Happy Here Excerpt
90
Salt Heart by jane Ilirshfield
98
A Summer Day by Li Po
152
Grapefruit by Gerald Stern
158
The Great Sea by Uvavnuk
164
I Come Home Wanting to Touch Everyone
171
Why by Wendell Berry 175
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ROGER HOUSDEN is the author of 17 books on cultural and creative themes, including Seven Sins for a Life Worth Living and the bestselling Ten Poems series. You can reach him at tenpoems@gmail.com.


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