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Blue Horses: Poems by Mary Oliver

Blue Horses: PoemsBlue Horses: Poems by Mary Oliver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I won this book as a “first reads” from Goodreads. This is also the first book by Mary Oliver that I have read, but it won’t be the last. The poems in “Blue Horses” are short, sweet and have a Zen like feel of mindfulness. As a reader I was able to feel and experience her connection with nature, the beauty, and peace that surrounds her. After I read the last poem I did something that I had never done before, I didn’t close the book I just turned back to the beginning and began again. I shared the book with my wife and she loved it as much as I did, now we both are looking forward to reading more of Mary Oliver’s work.

If there is a negative to “Blue Horses” it is that it is too short (less than 100 pages). Recommend to anyone who likes poetry or would like to start reading poetry.

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Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings by Chuang Tzu, Translated by Burton Watson

Chuang Tzu: Basic WritingsChuang Tzu: Basic Writings by Chaung Tzu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Over the years I have read many books about Tao, and I’m more than a little embarrassed to admit that this is the first book I have read by Chuang Tzu. Chuang Tzu was one of the earliest and most prolific writers on Tao/Taoism. Several of the stories in this book I have heard/read versions of in other books. Some of my favorites are “The Useless Tree”, “3 In The Morning”, and “Training a Cock to Fight”. Even though these stories along with several others were already known to me it was nice to read them as written by Chuang Tzu (translated by Burton Watson). Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings is poetic, humorous and will help direct the reader to the Way, it also left me wanting to read more of Chuang Tzu’s writings.

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No Matter The Wreckage by Sarah Kay

No Matter the WreckageNo Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“No Matter The Wreckage” is everything I want from a book of poetry. For me poetry should take you to familiar places and allow you see them in a new light or it should take you to places you have never been and make them seem familiar enough that they becomes a part of you. “No Matter the Wreckage” is beautifully written and passed all my expectations.

I was a bit apprehensive about reading this book, I have seen Sarah Kay on Def Poetry (HBO), Ted Talks and on Youtube. I thought that after seeing the poet perform her poems with the passion she had for them, that they might seem, somehow, “less” if I was reading them. That proved to be a silly thought.

I not only recommend this book, I also recommend looking up Sarah Kay on Youtube, Ted Talks and Def Poetry, which had many great poets on it (Netflix on disc).

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