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One Hundred Butterflies
The one hundred short poems in this new, beautifully designed edition of the much beloved One Hundred Butterflies offer readers the full range of humor, wisdom and a love of life for which their author is known.
“Almost twenty years ago I read these poems and loved them. Now they are back in print and I love them even more. What is better than a short piece, a slice, a moment of words that stops you dead like a black exploding sun. There is real happiness here in this book. Come to it no matter how grieved or unhappy you may be.” — Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones, Wild Mind, Long Quiet Highway and other books.
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In his first volume of poetry in 15 years, award-winning author Peter Levitt uses his compelling and subtle poetic skill to bring to life poems of great intimacy that affirm the essential connection all things share. Within Within powerfully renders the local world Levitt loves in a way that undeniably places beneath our feet “the unmoving ground beneath the ground / where we stagger, or stride”.
“Within Within is a startling, mature work by a world-class poet at the very height of his craft. Do not pass it by.” — Robert Hilles, Recipient of the Governor General’s Award in Poetry
Bright Root, Dark Root
“When poems can speak as variously and as clearly as these, when one has so cared and learned to value the life given, then the music itself sounds the honor of our common dance.” — Robert Creeley
“There is great beauty in this book. Beauty is at the heart of it, at that place where spirit and form meet, where men and women are holy together and where, as these poems indicate, light becomes body and body becomes light.” — Deena Metzger
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What Someone Wanted
by Shirley Graham
What Someone Wanted explores the longing, loneliness, alienation and sometimes miraculous union that can occur in “the infinite land between one and two”.
“Shirley Graham’s poetry is haunting and intense, not easily forgotten.” — Pearl Luke
Using a diversity of styles that range from spare, unadorned poetry to prose that calls to mind the quirky energy of Swiss writer Robert Walser, to philosophically wry poetic musings reminiscent of Borges and Calvino, Graham looks with subtle insight at version after version of what happens when someone wants something: the rabid passion behind war’s devastation, the lover grappling with a kiss, the confusion of a dissolving relationship, the mother trying to be mother enough for her child, the ever-recurring longings that so define what it means to be a human being. Her poems are at once emotionally intense and zen-like in their sustained focus. Graham’s eye uncovers the small detail, the strange angle, the unexpected metaphor that accurately reflects the web of mystery, tension and beauty within our daily lives.
Other Titles Written by Peter Levitt
Fingerpainting on the Moon: Writing and Creativity as a Path to Freedom
Homage: Leda As Virgin
A Book of Light
Running Grass (Poems 1970 – 1977) Foreword by Robert Creeley
Two Bodies Dark/Velvet
Translations by Peter Levitt
The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master (edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Levitt)
Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen’s Shobo Genzo (Kazuaki Tanahashi, Editor; Peter Levitt, Associate Editor)
A Flock of Fools: Ancient Buddhist Tales of Wisdom and Laughter (Translated and Retold with Kazuaki Tanahashi)
Sky Stones by Pablo Neruda
Books Edited with Foreword by Peter Levitt
The Heart of Understanding by Thich Nhat Hanh
No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen by Jakusho Kwong