That's how we live,
— Rilke, 8th Duino Elegy
It's a thoughtful offering, a slim but deep book. And it's the last in Housden's Ten Poems series — Ten Poems to Change Your Life; Ten Poems to Set You Free; Ten Poems to Open Your Heart; Ten Poems to Last a Lifetime — in which he highlights the beauty and magic of poetry.
In Ten Poems to Say Goodbye, he examines and honors work from some my favorite poets: Ellen Bass, Pablo Neruda, Dorianne Laux, Jack Gilbert, Gerald Stern, Robert Hayden, e.e. cummings, Leonard Cohen, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Jane Hirshfield.
And though the topic is heavy, the exploration is touching, conversational, valuable, and real.
I'd like to share this book with you. No strings. No complicated entry requirements. Simply leave your name and contact info in the "Post a Comment" area below by Sunday, June 3rd. I'll randomly draw one name, and announce the winner on Monday, June 4th, 2012.