How Lovely the Ruins: Inspirational Poems and Words for Difficult Times (Hardcover)

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By Annie Chagnot (Editor), Emi Ikkanda (Editor), Elizabeth Alexander (Foreword by)
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What Death Wish is to coffee, this anthology is to poetry: a bold, bracing, jolt though the system that will keep you from seeing poetry as complacent ever again. A stirring and agitating read for the times we live in. — Katelynne Shimkus


This wide-ranging collection of inspirational poetry and prose offers readers solace, perspective, and the courage to persevere in the years ahead.

In times of personal hardship or collective anxiety, words have the power to provide comfort, meaning, and hope. The past year has seen a resurgence of poetry and inspiring quotes--posted on social media, appearing on bestseller lists, shared from friend to friend. Honoring this communal spirit, How Lovely the Ruins is a timeless collection of both classic and contemporary poetry and short prose that can be of help in difficult times--selections that offer wisdom and purpose, and that allow us to step out of our current moment to gain a new perspective on the world around us as well as the world within.

The poets and writers featured in this book represent the diversity of our country as well as voices beyond our borders, including Maya Angelou, W. H. Auden, Danez Smith, Rumi, Emily Dickinson, Naomi Shihab Nye, Alice Walker, Adam Zagajewski, Langston Hughes, Wendell Berry, Anna Akhmatova, Yehuda Amichai, and Robert Frost. And the book opens with a stunning foreword by Elizabeth Alexander, whose poem "Praise Song for the Day," delivered at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, ushered in an era of optimism. In works celebrating our capacity for compassion, our patriotism, our right to protest, and our ability to persevere, How Lovely the Ruins is a beacon that illuminates our shared humanity, allowing us connection in a fractured world.

About the Author

SPIEGEL & GRAU, founded in 2005, is an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group specializing in books that help us make sense of our lives. Books we have published include Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore, Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, My Promised Land by Ari Shavit, Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman, and Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399592836
ISBN-10: 0399592830
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Publication Date: October 31st, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English
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