Some poems are good medicine.
And some “good medicine poems” are
[COMING IN MAY, 2023]
6×9″ Quality Paperback
Publisher: Grayson Books
Release: May, 2023
This follow-up volume to the immensely popular Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems contains nearly 140 poems, most by contemporary or recent poets.
Many of the poems delve into relational or social mindfulness, helping you explore “the tough stuff” of living among others with presence. They invite you to face relational challenges without turning away from them. To deepen your awareness of them. To seek equanimity in the midst of them. To address them with compassion, hope, courage, and humility.
Poetry of Presence II is a book for the times we live in. An inspiring read for lovers of beautiful, accessible poetry, it’s also a valuable resource for literature teachers, spiritual directors, meditators, interfaith clergy, mindfulness trainers, social workers, counselors, poetry therapists, hospice and grief workers, and medical personnel.
Anthologized poets include Ellen Bass • Wendell Berry • Lucille Clifton • Albert Garcia • Ross Gay • Amanda Gorman • Thich Nhat Hanh • Joy Harjo • Linda Hogan • Ted Kooser • Dorianne Laux • Li-Young Lee • Ada Limón • W. S. Merwin • Naomi Shihab Nye • Mary Oliver • Rainer Maria Rilke • Rumi • William Stafford • Joyce Sutphen • Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer • David Whyte • and many more.
NOW AVAILABLE: A companion guide by poet and teacher Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer. Use the anthology to deepen your writing practice. Learn more here.
“These mindfulness poems help us wake up to the suffering of people who are different from us. That’s a long process—I’ll be waking up until the moment I die. But once we start to wake up, we enter the conversation on human rights. We want to tend those afflicted by the ways of this world. God was sneaky, giving us beautiful poetry to get us involved!”—Sister Helen Prejean,
leading voice for death penalty abolition,
author of Dead Man Walking and River of Fire