Monday, March 31, 2014

Musing Monday: ten poems to say goodbye by Roger Housden

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about something related to reading/books each week…...

As most know, I am a poet and avid reader of poetry. I can read all kinds of poetry. Today I will discuss a poetry book where the author has taken ten poems by well known poets. Reading these poems help us letting go. That is what Roger Housdon has detailed here.

ten poems to say goodbye by Roger Housden covers 10 poems by well known poets which are steeped in spirituality. 

Each of the ten poems is followed by an essay where he analyses the poem, explaining its importance and meaning. The poems tell us how to go about saying goodbye. With our mind, heart and soul. 
My favourite poems in the book are "The Lost Hotels of Paris" by Jack Gilbert  and "How It Will Happen, When" by Dorianne Laux.   There are poems by Ellen Bass, Gerald Stern, Rilke, and few others which make such a pleasurable read. The explanation by Housdon at the end of each poem takes us to another world.

I quote from the closing lines of Jack Gilbert's poem:

". . . We see the memory
of when they were, once upon a time.
And that too is more than enough."

If that isn't goodbye then what is?


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Anonymous said...

I'm not a huge poetry reader but this looks like something I'd really enjoy.

Anonymous said...

I do like it when bloggers post about poetry, I really like a good poem but it is far harder to find recommendations for poems than novels - thank you!

Sonia Lal said...

That's a pretty good closing line!

Kwizgiver said...

This sounds intense!