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Dancing with Joy: 99 Poems

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In his collection Risking Everything, Housden addressed love’s many aspects. Now, in Dancing with Joy, he assembles 99 poems from 69 poets that celebrate the many colors of joy. Anything can be a catalyst for joy, these poems reveal.

For Wislawa Szymborska, the catalyst is a dream; for Robert Bly, being in the company of his ten-year-old son; for Gerald Stern, it is a grap...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published January 21st 2009 by Harmony (first published March 13th 2007)
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I think it is fitting and necessary and not at all confusing to read these after a book that was against joy; a way to balance and center myself. Housden says, we are ashamed to be happy. It is more intellectual and stimulating to be melancholy, and we should reclaim happiness and joy, whereas Professor Wilson in Against Happiness railed against the supremacy of the happy types. It can’t be both, can it? Wendell Berry writes a poem, asking, “why all the embarrassment/about being happy?” Housden...more
Sometimes I read short stories to change it up. This time, I read poetry, which was refreshing and cleansing. I liked this collection which spanned time, style and tone. And it made me smile.
Nancy Nusser
I always enjoy the poetry collected by Roger Housden. This book is filled with poems of joy, happiness and the love of life. It is uplifting and introduces me to poets I have not read before.
Kathleen Kelly
If you want a collection of poems ( by various authors) that reminds you of all of the various fleeting and lasting moments that bring us joy in life, even in the midst of sorrow, this is it.
Nice premise, but this book disappoints. I hoped to be refreshed from the customarily dour stances taken by many poets, but a lot of the poems in this collection are lackluster.
Edward Kidder
A poetry anthology that aims for outstanding poetry, mostly 20th century American, that inspires and dwells in wonder. It hit the mark for me.
I like these themed anthologies. I read poems and poets that I might not choose on my own.
A wonderful collection of poetry. A great companion to his Ten Poems series...
Mar 14, 2008 Nancy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in understandable poetry!
Excellent compilation of poems. I really enjoyed this book.
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Roger Housden is the author of some twenty books of non fiction, including the best selling Ten Poems series. His new book, SAVED BY BEAUTY: ADVENTURES OF AN AMERICAN ROMANTIC IN IRAN, comes out on May 17 2011 with Broadway Books.
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