Roger Housden - Ten Poems for Difficult Times (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

Proving that poetry is not hard to understand or meaningful to only a few, Roger Housden has spent nearly twenty years creating poetry collections that meet the changing needs of readers. Housden has a knack for choosing poems that resonate and then writing about them in ways that prompt smiles of agreement, nods of appreciation, and wows of insight. While the poems here acknowledge the "Sorrow everywhere" (Jack Gilbert, "A Brief for the Defense") and that "The world is at least fifty percent terrible, and that's a conservative estimate" (Maggie Smith, "Good Bones") they also highlight the many and diverse ways a poem, a turn of phrase, a beautifully expressed direction of our attention can turn grief to grit, anger to action, and pain to perseverance. Ten Poems for Difficult Times is the perfect gift for those suffering, and is also a must for the nightstand of any thinking, feeling, and human being.

Roger Housden grew up in the cleft of a Cotswold valley on the edge of Bath, England. From 1986 to 1998 he founded and ran The Open Gate, a conference and workshop center in England that introduced the work of Ram Dass, Thich Naht Hanh, Jacob Needleman, James Hillman, Robert Bly and many others into Europe. His work has been featured many times in O Magazine, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. His first book was published in the U.K. in 1990, and as of 2017, he has published twenty-three books, including four travel books, a novella, Dropping the Struggle, and the bestselling Ten Poems series. He now runs live and online writing workshops with an emphasis on self-discovery and exploration.


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ISBN: 9781608685295
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Published: New World Library - March 15th, 2018

In his bestselling Ten Poems series, Roger Housden has shown an uncanny ability to choose and discuss poems that strike at the core of readers' concerns and needs. In this new volume, ten extraordinary poems, along with Housden's incisive essays, bring heartfelt insight and broad perspective both to our personal challenges and to our cultural and collective malaise.