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The Shambhala Anthology of Women's Spiritual Poetry
by Aliki Barnstone (Goodreads Author)
The Shambhala Anthology of Women's Spiritual Poetry celebrates the unique spiritual life of women through a rich selection of poetry written over the past four thousand years, from thirty-six different languages and cultures. It ranges from verse by the first recorded poet, a Sumerian priestess named Enheduanna (circa 2,300 BCE), to Anne Sexton; from early Buddhist nuns t ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 10th 2002 by Shambhala
(first published 2002)
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Sometimes a book of poetry is just the company I'm looking for. Pulling this book off of my shelf and opening it up is a delightful experience. It is full of wonderful, little gems that I don't run into in my other books.
(6th-5th Centuries BCE?)
I gave up my house
and set out into homelessness.
I gave up my child, my cattle,
and all that I loved.
I gave up desire and hate.
My ignorance was thrown out.
I pulled out craving
along with its root.
Now I am quenched and still
Another very good anthology of spiritual poetry by women, from ancient to modern times. Covers many of the same poets as Women in Praise of the Sacred, like Mirabai, Mahadevi, Lal Ded, Sappho, Sun Buer, Dickenson, Tsvetaeva, but also several different poets. The two books together make a good collection.