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on 20 July 2007
This book is incredible. I feel lucky to have found it. There is so much wisdom here from so many different voices: *surprising* wisdom, as well
as comfort and merriment. You could live by it, or give it to someone you love. It fits in your jacket pocket.
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In recent years there have been a number of small anthologies of poems which might fit into a pocket. This one reminds me a little of some of Robert Bly;s anthologies of spiritual poetry like The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: Poems for Men and The Soul Is Here for Its Own Joy. Indeed there are a number of Bly's translations here of Rilke and Kabir as well one of his own, as well as poets he might have included like Rumi, Machado as well as American posts like Jane Hirshfield and Naomi Shihab Nye. What is not here are the essays that Bly would have written. There are however some very good biographical notes at the back on the poets whose works are included.

Yet this is a wonderful collection that could be carried in a pocket stands in its own right. There are plenty of British and European poets don't feature in those American counterparts. Poets like Celan, David Constantine, Pauline Stainer and the Polish Poet Anna Swir together with the likes of Emily Dickinson and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Poems from spiritual traditions including Christian, Zen and Islam.

In 160 Pages, the editors of this short collection more than live up to their aim to nourish starved minds. A little Gem.
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on 26 February 2009
Soul Food: Nourishing Poems for Starved Minds

Varied but always insightful mainly poetry of today, the book is immaculately laid out and there is a strong determination to be international, even though Bloodaxe (the publisher) is based in England's North East.

If all you expect of poetry is for it to go "rum-ti-tum" and rhyme, this is not the collection for you. The diction owes much more to Pound, Eliot & , say, Carol Ann Duffy than Pam Ayres (not that I have anything against Pam Ayres).
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on 24 September 2009
I am not normally a poetry reader, however, this book appealed to me, and I am so glad I purchased it. I was so impressed and entertained enough by it that I found I had to buy more copies to give to my friends as Xmas presents. :)
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on 25 April 2010
A lovely wide mix of poems, both familiar and new, ranging from Kabir and Rumi to Oliver and Duffy via John of the Cross, Blake, Rilke, Thomas and others translated from a variety of languages.
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on 10 January 2014
This book will not disappoint. There is poetry and wisdom from many parts of the world. I guess that some of the poetry that has been translated into English lacks a bit of sparkle but the sense of the author is still apparent.
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on 16 October 2010
This book was bought as a birthday gift for our singing teacher - recommended by another student.

Our Teacher loves it - well recommended for any gift!
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on 14 October 2010
This book contains some beautiful examples of inspirational poetry both contemporary and ancient sources. I love it so much I have bought at least 3 other copies for good friends. Recommended highly.
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on 2 December 2013
First saw this book in a veggie restaurant in York and liked it so much have bought as a stocking filler for my song,
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on 3 June 2013
Fantastic, nourishing, soothing, calming book. A must for all people of the world. Challenges your perceptions and thoughts and leads the way.
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