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  • Author: Roger Housden
  • Product Code: 85295
  • ISBN: 978-1-60868-529-5
  • Pages: 136
  • 1 Hardback
  • Size: 5.25 x 7.50


In his bestselling Ten Poems series, Roger Housden has shown an uncanny ability to choose and discuss poems that strike at the core of readers’ concerns and needs. In this new volume, ten extraordinary poems, along with Housden’s incisive essays, bring heartfelt insight and broad perspective both to our personal challenges and to our cultural and collective malaise. Ten Poems for Difficult Times is the perfect gift for oneself or for anyone in need of solace and inspiration.

Ten Poems for Difficult Times

“Good Bones” by Maggie Smith
“The Thing Is” by Ellen Bass
“The Quarrel” by Conrad Aiken
“Cutting Loose” by William Stafford
“Rain Light” by W. S. Merwin
“How the Light Comes” by Jan Richardson
“Now You Know the Worst” by Wendell Berry
“A Brief for the Defense” by Jack Gilbert
“It’s This Way” by Nazim Hikmet
“Annunciation” by Marie Howe


“For years, I have carried Roger Housden’s poetry collections with me wherever I go. This book comes just in time. The heart of the world is breaking, and these ten poems are a life-giving elixir.”
— Mirabai Starr, author of Caravan of No Despair and God of Love

“I read Ten Poems for Difficult Times during a rough time in my own life, and the poems reminded me of essential truths that I forget and must remember many times a day. Roger Housden’s selection of poems is excellent and wide-ranging, and he shares in a personal and accessible way what is most striking to him about each one. If you’re having a difficult time, or know someone who is, you’ll want to read and share these poems.”
— Ellen Bass, award-winning poet and author of The Courage to Heal

“A truly remarkable achievement.”
— Spirituality Today