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Posted By Opening the Heart

Looking for a fabulous and inexpensive gift for open-hearted friends this holiday season? The OTH staff give an unqualified thumbs up to Roger Housden's collection: "Ten Poems to Change Your Life Again and Again".

Coupled with Housden's perceptive and wise commentary, the ten poems hold up "a mirror to our own deepest joys, desires, and sorrows". Of these ten poems, Housden says, "each......has struck me a blow, a direct hit, into the heart of hearts."

Selected lines:

from Rilke - "Every happiness is the child of a separation it did not think it could survive."

from Hirshfield - "If the gods bring you - a strange and frighteneing creature, - accept the gift - as if it were one you had chosen."

from Hafiz - "Admit something: Everyone you see, you say to them, 'Love me.' - Of course you do not do this out loud; otherwise, someone would call the cops............"

This is a bedside book to cherish and return to again and again.