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Here are my favorite poetry books. I have given countless copies away to friends and strangers over the years.  Sharing these gems is one of my favorite forms of philanthropy. The poems they contain are precious seeds, soul food, an endless source of inspiration.

The Radiance Sutras, “112 ways to enter the stillness beneath the waves,” poetic meditations from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, translated by Lorin Roche

The Gift, Renderings of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky

I Heard God laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy, Renderings of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky

The Subject Tonight is Love: 60 Wild and Sweet Poems, Renderings of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky.

Love Poems from God: 12 Sacred Voices from the East and the West, Renderings of twelve famous mystics, by Daniel Ladinsky

New and Selected Poems (Volume I and II) by Mary Oliver

Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy

The Illuminated Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

One Song: The New Illuminated Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

Love Letter to the Milky Way, by Drew Dellinger

I also love books by David Whyte and John O’Donohue, as well as The Prophet, by Khalil Gibran.