Patricia Donegan

Yoshie Ishibashi

Shambhala, 2009

This is a beautifully-rendered book of haiku love poems from ancient to modern, with elegant illustrations.  The editors divide the book into three sections: yearning, passion, and remembrance, expressing the range of love's experience.  It makes a lovely romantic gift.  

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John Donne

Donald C. Dickson, editor

Edition 3

W. W. Norton, 2006

Every lover of the English language must sample the poems from the literary genius of John Donne which are contemporary with the King James Bible. 

Jelaluddin Rumi

Coleman Barks, translator

HarperOne, 2010

This is the complete lyric poem by Rumi, bestselling poet in the United States today, although he was a Sufi mystic who lived 800 years ago.

Mary Oliver

Beacon Press, 2010

Oliver's newest volume is her twentieth, filled with a notable sense of her usual joy that she finds in appreciating the beauty of nature around her and of living in the world.

Jelaluddin Rumi

Translated by Kabir Helminski

Shambhala Publications, 2000

Sufi poet Rumi speaks of the many aspects of spiritual love in this collection of poems which celebrate, ponder, and lament its mystery.  Helminski's biographical introduction explains the unique spiritual relationship between Rumi and Shams Tabriz and the meaning of the "Beloved' so often referred to in the poems. This small volume conveys the intensity of the sacred divine love that enveloped their legeddary and mysterious friendship.  


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Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal, and Ravi Shankar

W. W. Norton, 2007

A unique anthology of multicultural and international poets who evoke their most intimate and universal experiences of life. It's an extraordinary opportunity to be introduced to poets from the other side of the globe and have a glimpse of their lives.

Mary Oliver

Beacon Press, 2004

Oliver's twelfth volume of poetry, containing forty-seven poems, celebrates the wonder of nature and the mystery of being alive in God's creation. 


Madeleine L'Engle

Shaw Books, 2005

This is a fabulous collection of L'Engle's 200 poems about, life, faith, and mystery. In her words, "Poetry, at least the kind I write, is written out of immediate need; it is written out of pain, joy, and experience too great to be borne until it is ordered into words. And then it is written to be shared.”


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Emily Dickinson

Thomas H. Johnson, editor

Little, Brown 1976

This is the complete collection by Emily Dickinson, the brilliant, famously reclusive 19th century poet whose poems are as fresh as today.  She left the formal church as a teenager, but saw the living world as a sacred place.

Susan Stewart

University of Chicago, 2005

Published in hardcover in 2003, Stewart's breathtaking volume of poetry is a wonderful discovery.  Her poems have a startling impact as they reflect on the odd moments and everyday phenomenon which are crucial to living.

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