James Crews's new collection, offers more than 100 deeply felt and relatable poems from a diverse range of voices

Product Code: 8952
ISBN: 9781635865332
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Storey Publishing
Pages: 224
Published Date: 04/12/2022
Availability:In stock
Price: $14.95

Following the success and momentum of his anthology , James Crews's new collection, The Path to Kindness, offers more than 100 deeply felt and relatable poems from a diverse range of voices including well-known writers Julia Alvarez, Marie Howe, Ellen Bass, Naomi Shihab Nye, Alberto Ríos, Ross Gay, and Ada Limón, as well as new and emerging voices.

Featured Black poets include January Gill O’Neil, Tracy K. Smith, and Cornelius Eady. Native American poets include Kimberly Blaeser, Joy Harjo (current U.S. Poet Laureate), and Linda Hogan. The collection also features international voices, including Canadian poets Lorna Crozier and Susan Musgrave.

Presented in the same perfect-in-the-hand format as How to Love the World, the collection includes prompts for journaling and exploration of selected poems, a book group guide, bios of all the contributing poets, and stunning cover art by award-winning artist Dinara Mirtalipova. A foreword by Danusha Laméris, along with her popular poem "Small Kindnesses," is also included.

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Foreword, Danusha Lameris

The Practice of Connection, James Crews

Danusha Lameris, Small Kindness
Naomi Shihab Nye, Red Brocade
Shari Altman, Worry Stone for My Grandfather
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Kindness
Reflective Pause: The Soil That Is You

Kai Coggin, Into Wildflower Into Field
Laura Budofsky Wisniewski, A Beginner’s Guide to Gardening Alone
Heather Lanier, The Heartbeat of My Unborn Child
Mary Elder Jacobsen, Sponge Bath
Laura Grace Weldon, Most Important Word
David Van Houten, Breathe
Tricia Knoll, My Daughter Meets My White Pine
Julie Cadwallader Staub, Turning
Ingrid Goff-Maidoff, Peace Came Today
Kim Stafford, A Chair by the Creek
Danny Dover, Floodwood Pond
Ted Kooser, Filling the Candles
Mary Ray Goehring, Pinch Pot
Margaret Hasse, Clothing
Reflective Pause: The Sacred Everyday

Twyla M. Hansen, Trying to Pray
Joy Harjo, For Keeps
Barbara Crooker, Sustenance
Ruth Arnison, Twenty Years of Longing
Danusha Lameris, The Heart is Not
Laura Foley, Learning by Heart
Jacqueline Jules, Billowing Overhead
Penny Harter, Two Meteors
Tom Hennen, Made Visible
Cornelius Eady, A Small Moment
Zoe Higgins, Ode
Donna Hilbert, Credo
James Crews Self-Care
Reflective Pause: Reassembling the Parts

January Gill O’Neil, Sunday
Laura Grace Weldon, Thursday Morning
Joy Gaines-Friedler, Touch
Heather Swan, On Lightness
Jose A. Alcantara, Divorce
Susan Moorhead, Shift
Tracy K. Smith, Song
Mark Nepo, Drinking There
Susan Musgrave, More Than Seeing
Julia Fehrenbacher, The Most Important Thing
Julia Alvarez, Vain Doubts
Molly Fisk, Before I gained all this weight
Ross Gay, Thank You
Lorna Crozier, Small Lesson
Lean Naomi Green, The Age of Affection
Barbara Crooker, Forsythia
Karen Craigo, Last Scraps of Color in Missouri
Ted Kooser, It Doesn’t Take Much
Reflective Pause: Part of It All Again

Ellen Bass, The Thing Is
James Crews, Self Compassion
Kelli Russell Agodon, Praise
Dorianne Laux, Joy
Jack Ridl, Take Love for Granted
Terri Kirby Erickson, Free Breakfast
Annie Lighthart, Passenger
Christine Stewart-Nunez, Site Planning
Laura Foley, A Perfect Arc
Michael Simms, The Summer You Learned to Swim
David Romtvedt, At the Creek
Reflective Pause: Would That Be Heaven

Michael Kleber-Diggs, Coniferous Fathers
Zeina Azzam, My Father’s Hands
Li-Young Lee, Early in the Morning
Terry Kirby Erickson,Night Talks
Julia Alvarez, Love Portions
Kate Duignan, Grandmother
Todd Davis, Heliotropic
Marjorie Saiser, Everybody in the Same House
Lahab Assef Al-Jundi, Hot Tea
Gregory Orr, Morning Song
Annie Lighthart, How to Wake up
Alberto Rios, Dawn Callers
Reflective Pause: A Welcoming World

Susan Moorhead, First Light
Faith Shearin, My Mother’s Van
Ada Limon, The Raincoat
Marjorie Saiser, I Save My Love
Lailah Dainin Shima, In Praise of Dirty Socks
Caralee Bennett, Exactly 299,972,458 Meters Per Second
Kimberly Blaeser, About Standing (in Kinship)
Rebecca Foust, Kinship of Flesh
Chana Bloch, The Joins
Heather Swan, Bowl
Reflective Pause: Where Beauty Is Honed

Natasha Trethewey, Housekeeping
Ted Kooser, Round Robin Letter
Sally Bliumis-Dunn,Mailman
Joseph Mallar,Telephone Repairman
David Graham, The News of Love
Linda Hogan, Artic Night, Lights Across the Sky
Alicia Ostriker,The Dogs at Live Oak Beach, Santa Cruz
Nancy Gordon, Rescue Dog
Dan Butler, New York Downpour
Richard Jones, After Work
Andrea Potos, Abundance to Share with the Birds
Fady Joudah, Mimesis
Rudy Francisco, Mercy
Naomi Shihab Nye, Kindness
Christine Kitano, For the Korean Grandmother on Sunset Boulevard
Reflective Pause: So You Are Here

Paula Gordon Lepp, Gas Station Communion
Annie Lighthart, A Great Wild Goodness
Ellen Rowland,No Small Thing
Jane Hirshfield, I Would Like
Peter Pereira,A Pot of Red Lentils
William Stafford,You Reading This, Be Ready
Connie Wanek, Come In!
Susan Rich, Still Life with Ladder
Alison Luterman,Braiding His Hair
Judith Sornberger, Love in Our Sixties
Susan Rothbard, That New
Susan Zimmerman, Get Close
David Axelrod, The Innermost Chamber of My Home Is Yours
Dave Baldwin, Summer Romance,
Anya Silver, Late Summer
Judith Sornberger, Assisted Living
Patricia McKernon Runkle,When You Meet Someone Deep in Grief
Reflective Pause: Here to Listen

Megan Buchanan, Dream Visitation
Phyllis Cole-Dai, Ladder
Michelle Mandolia, The Thing She Loves Most
Marjorie Saiser, Last Day of Kindergarten
Gillian Wegener, Juvie Kid
Emilie Lygreen, Make Believe
Brad Aaron Modlin, What You Missed That Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade
Reflective Pause: What You Missed

Dorianne Laux, On the Back Porch
Suzanne Nussey, Lullaby for an Empty Nester
Michelle Wigers, Moving
Marie Howe, Delivery
Ray Hudson, Unbreakable Clarities
Danusha Lameris, Insha’Allah
Andrea Potos, Where I Might Find Her
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, The Question
Jacqueline Suskin, Future

Poet Biographies

“Our world desperately needs poems that help us come home to loving presence. You have in your hands an anthology with poems that directly nourish the spirit.” — Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance

“This collection of poetry is soul food worthy of savoring. Each poem is a feast unto itself, delivering nourishment for the heart's greatest tenacity and generosity - so needed in our individual and collective lives. It is a banquet of blessings to which I will return often. Thank you.” — Kristi Nelson, Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living and author of Wake Up Grateful

"The Path to Kindness: Poems of Connection and Joy is the book we all need right now to help guide us during this crazy time in living our lives with more kindness, compassion and joy." — Georgia Heard, author of A Field Guide to the Heart: Poems of Love, Comfort, and Hope

"The Path to Kindness is an anthology I’ve been seeking since I learned to read. To enter its pages is to enter a refuge, a sanctuary where the religion is tenderness and every voice encountered wears its heart on its sleeve. James Crews has curated these poems with exquisite care: the delicate threads linking each to the next weave the whole into a multivoiced spell that leaves the reader both broken open and deeply healed at once.
This is a return of poetry to it’s sacred place as a song of prayer to the best in us, a song of grief for the lost in us, a song to awaken the possible in us. And ultimately, The Path to Kindness is a song that carries us beyond ourselves into the ways we touch each other’s lives, nameable only in poems such as these." — Kim Rosen, author of Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words

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