These are the poems and poets anthologized in Poetry of Presence. You may also download the Contents.


The Invitation      Phyllis Cole-Dai and Ruby Wilson
On How to Pick and Eat Poems      Phyllis Cole-Dai                                                           

The Poems

A Community of the Spirit       Rumi
Ancient Language      Hannah Stephenson
Sifter      Naomi Shihab Nye
The Way It Is      Lynn Ungar
Lie Down      Nancy Paddock
The Patience of Ordinary Things      Pat Schneider
Bali Hai Calls to Mama      Marilyn Nelson
The Second Music      Annie Lighthart
Untitled (This is what was bequeathed us)       Gregory Orr
A Little Stone in the Middle of the Road, in Florida      Muriel Rukeyser
Meditation on a Grapefruit      Craig Arnold
The Cure for It All      Julia Fehrenbacher
The Word      Tony Hoagland
Sunday Afternoon      Nancy Ann Schaefer
When I Am Among the Trees      Mary Oliver
Praise Song      Barbara Crooker
Lessons from Darkness      Anita Barrows
Thinking      Danusha Laméris
The Quiet Listeners      Laura Foley
Lost       David Wagoner
Blackbirds      Julie Cadwallader Staub
We Are of a Tribe      Alberto Ríos
Untitled (The Guest is inside you)       Kabir
Take Love for Granted      Jack Ridl
Love After Love      Derek Walcott
A Sacrament      Paulann Petersen
This Morning      David Budbill
In the Middle      Barbara Crooker
Brotherhood      Octavio Paz
Under Ideal Conditions      Al Zolynas
Prayer for the Dead       Stuart Kestenbaum
a song with no end       Charles Bukowski
Longing       Julie Cadwallader Staub
Afterwards       William Stafford
Still Life at Dusk       Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
Getting Up Early      Anne Porter
Testimony       Rebecca Baggett
A Gift       Denise Levertov
What’s in the Temple?       Tom Barrett
Lakol Wicoun       Lydia Whirlwind Soldier
Visiting Mountains      Ted Kooser
A Brief Détente       Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
Love for Other Things       Tom Hennen
The Offering       Laura Foley
The Bare Arms of Trees       John Tagliabue
Still       A. R. Ammons
The Owl Cries at Night      Freya Manfred
Fluent       John O’Donohue
Midlife       Julie Cadwallader Staub
This Day       Jimmy Santiago Baca
Versions of Ghalib: Ghazal I       Ghalib
A Momentary Creed       W. S. Merwin
Because even the word obstacle is an obstacle       Alison Luterman
Mind Wanting More      Holly J. Hughes
Instructions       Sheri Hostetler
Stone       Danusha Laméris
The Mosquito Among the Raindrops       Teddy Macker
One Heart       Li-Young Lee
Winter Poem       Nikki Giovanni
Camas Lilies       Lynn Ungar
Saint Francis and the Sow       Galway Kinnell
Evening Star       Charles Goodrich
Miracle Fair       Wislawa Szymborska
Feather at Midday       Sister Dang Nghiem
Postscript      Seamus Heaney
The Muse Is a Little Girl      Marjorie Saiser
How to Be a Poet      Wendell Berry
Keeping quiet       Pablo Neruda
On the Necessity of Snow Angels for the Well-Being of the World       Grace Butcher
When I Taught Her How to Tie Her Shoes      Penny Harter
I Am Going to Start Living Like a Mystic      Edward Hirsch
The Uncertainty Principle       Kathleen Norris
Now is the Time       Hafiz
The Place Where We Are Right       Yehuda Amichai
Earthworms       Lynn Ungar
A Poem for My Daughter       Teddy Macker
Gracias / Grace      Rafael Jesús González
Late Fragment      Raymond Carver
Minobimaadizi      Kimberly Blaeser
Zazen on Ching-t’ing Mountain       Li Po
You Are There      Erica Jong
Learning from Trees       Grace Butcher
Savasana: Corpse Pose      Marianne Murphy Zarzana
Surprised by Evening      Robert Bly
Rain on Water      Freya Manfred
Trough      Judy Sorum Brown
One’s Ship Comes In      Joe Paddock
Then too there is this      J. Allyn Rosser
Ich liebe meines Wesens Dunkelstunden (I love the dark hours of my being)       Rainer Maria Rilke
Burning the Journals       Robyn Sarah
Flowering      Linda Buckmaster
The Moment      Margaret Atwood
Wakarusa Medicine Wheel      Denise Low
Rankin Ridge      Linda M. Hasselstrom
Listening Deeply      Dick Allen
Soundings      Joyce Sutphen
the door       Miroslav Holub
Meeting the Light Completely      Jane Hirshfield
Rutabaga       Laura Grace Weldon
Think of Others      Mahmoud Darwish
Twilight      Louise Glück
Instructions for the Journey       Pat Schneider
Plate       Al Zolynas
I Will Keep Broken Things      Alice Walker
The Way It Is       Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
The Bright Field       R. S. Thomas
The Good News       Thich Nhat Hanh
Sweet Darkness       David Whyte
For the Sake of Strangers       Dorianne Laux
The Thing Is       Ellen Bass
The Cure       Albert Huffstickler
Consider the Space Between Stars      Linda Pastan
Winter Grace       Patricia Fargnoli
Solstice       Robyn Sarah
My Father at the Piano       Mary O’Connor
Parallel the Care the Dancer Takes       Hafiz
Another Ocean       Ruby R. Wilson
Entrance       Rainer Maria Rilke
Saying Our Names       Marianne Murphy Zarzana
Walking a Field into Evening       Larry Smith
Sometimes, I Am Startled Out of Myself,       Barbara Crooker
Blue Herons       Twyla M. Hansen
No Fishing       David Allan Evans
Wooden Boats       Judy Sorum Brown
Putting in a Window       John Brantingham
Moon       Billy Collins
The Last Things I’ll Remember       Joyce Sutphen
When I Am Wise      Mary Gray
Trees      Howard Nemerov
Moth Koan       Richard Schiffman
At the Teahouse,  6am       Holly J. Hughes
In Plowboy’s Produce Market       Donna Hilbert
The Moment      Marie Howe
Fog       Twyla M. Hansen
No More Same Old Silly Love Songs       Neil Carpathios
An Observation      May Sarton
Wage Peace       Judyth Hill
What Else       Carolyn Locke
On Pain       Kahlil Gibran
The Joins       Chana Bloch
Companion for Life       Hafiz
Bedside Manners       Christopher Wiseman
To have without holding       Marge Piercy
For Calling the Spirit Back from Wandering the Earth in Its Human Feet      Joy Harjo
Mimesis       Fady Joudah
There was a time I would reject those       Muhyiddin Ibn Al-‘Arabi
Journey       Linda Hogan
On Pilgrimage      Czeslaw Milosz
In Early Evening      Kirsten Dierking
Seas       Juan Ramón Jiménez
blessing the boats      Lucille Clifton
Smart Cookie       Richard Schiffman                                                                                   

Notes on the Poems
About the Poets
Index of Authors and Titles
About the Editors