What a lovely compilation of poems! Organized by what may ail you, for example, anxiety, depression, old age, loneliness, pessimism, etc., there is then a corresponding poem. Under Fear of Death, for instance, there is a beautiful poem by my favorite poet, Mary Oliver. Some of the other poets found in the book include Wendell Berry, Rudyard Kipling and Ha Jin. Some of the poets I know while others, I don’t. I do recognize the emotions though. I want to say that I felt better after reading some of these poems, not worse lest you think this book will be too gloomy.
“The book is delightful; it rightly resituates poetry in relation to its biggest and most serious task: helping us to live and die well.”
—Alain de Botton
“Healing for the heart and soul. I keep my copy with the brandy and aspirin.”
—Jeanette Winterson, author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit