Recommended Books and CDs

Recommended Books


The list of poetry books I want to share with you is far too long for these pages. The sources of many of my favorite poems can be found among the endnotes. Here I will list a few excellent anthologies, knowing you will seek out the books of those poets whose work most deeply touches you.

Aliki Barnstone, editor: The Shambala Anthology of Women’s Spiritual Poetry

Jane Hirshfield, editor: Women in Praise of the Sacred

Roger Housden, editor: Risking Everything: 110 Poems of Love and RevelationDancing with Joy: 99 Poems

Garrison Keillor, editor: Good Poems


 About Poetry

Jane Hirshfield: Nine Gates

Roger Housden: The Ten Poems Series

Mary Oliver: A Poetry Handbook

Robert Pinsky: The Sounds of Poetry

Muriel Rukeyser: The Life of Poetry


About Self-Inquiry

Gangaji: The Diamond in Your Pocket: Discovering Your True Radiance

Byron Katie: Loving What Is: Four Questions that can Change Your Life, A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are

Eva Pierrakos: The Pathwork of Self-Transformation

Pat Rodegast and Emmanuel: Emmanuel’s Books I, II and III




Spoken Poetry

Elise Paschen and Rebekah Presson Mosby, ed., Poetry Speaks: Hear Great Poets Read Their Own Work from Tennyson to Plath

Rebekah Presson and David McLees, ed., In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry

Kim Rosen (spoken poetry), Jami Sieber (music), Only Breath


Music for Speaking Poetry

Peter Kater, Compassion, Dance of Innocents, Song for Humanity

Gary Malkin, Unspeakable Grace

Jami Sieber, Hidden Sky, lush mechanique, Unspoken


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