By Roger Housden
In his assortment Risking Everything, Housden addressed love’s many features. Now, in Dancing with Joy, he assembles ninety nine poems from sixty nine poets that commemorate the various shades of pleasure. whatever could be a catalyst for pleasure, those poems show.
For Wislawa Szymborska, the catalyst is a dream; for Robert Bly, being within the corporation of his ten-year-old son; for Gerald Stern, it's a grapefruit at breakfast; for Billy Collins, a cigarette. Dancing with Joy contains English and Italian classical and romantic works; early chinese language and Persian verse; and poets from Chile, France, Sweden, Poland, Russia, Turkey, and India, plus a number modern American and English poets.
Whether notion is what you would like, or an confirmation of what's already cheerful in lifestyles, Dancing with Joy is a welcome deal with for Housden’s various lovers, in addition to an individual trying to find sheer happiness, marvelously expressed.
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TRANSLATED by means of DONALD WALSH WHAT DO girls wish? KIM ADDONIZIO i need a pink costume. i need it flimsy and inexpensive, i would like it too tight, i would like to put on it till somebody tears it off me. i would like it sleeveless and backless, this gown, so nobody has to wager what is beneath. i would like to stroll down the road previous Thrifty's and the ironmongery shop with all these keys glittering within the window, earlier Mr. and Mrs. Wong promoting day-old donuts of their cafe, prior the Guerra brothers slinging pigs from the truck and onto the dolly, hoisting the slick snouts over their shoulders. i need to stroll like i am the single lady in the world and that i may have my decide. i need that crimson gown undesirable. i would like it to substantiate your worst fears approximately me, to teach you ways little I care approximately you or whatever other than what i need. while i locate it, i'm going to pull that garment from its hanger like i am deciding on a physique to hold me into this global, via the birth-cries and the love-cries too, and i will put on it like bones, like epidermis, it will be the goddamned gown they bury me in. sLi-Young Lee FROM BLOSSOMS COMES LI-YOUNG LEE this brown paper bag of peaches we acquired from the boy on the bend within the street the place we grew to become towards indicators painted Peaches. From encumbered boughs, from palms, from candy fellowship within the packing containers, comes nectar on the roadside, succulent peaches we consume, dusty pores and skin and all, comes the regularly occurring dirt of summer season, dirt we consume. O, to take what we adore within, to hold inside of us an orchard, to consume not just the surface, however the color, not just the sugar, however the days, to carry the fruit in our arms, find it irresistible, then chunk into the around jubilance of peach. There are days we are living as though demise have been nowhere within the heritage; from pleasure to pleasure to pleasure, from wing to wing, from blossom to blossom to most unlikely blossom, to candy very unlikely blossom. picture LUCILLE CLIFTON my grandsons spinning of their pleasure universe hold them turning turning black blurs opposed to the window of the area for they're appealing and there's difficulty coming around and around and around the easiest CIGARETTE BILLY COLLINS there are various that I omit, having despatched my final one out of a automobile window sparking alongside the line one evening, years in the past. The heralded ones, in fact: after intercourse, the 2 gleaming tips now the lighting fixtures of a unmarried send; on the finish of a protracted dinner with extra wine to come back and a smoke ring coasting into the chandelier; or on a white seashore, conserving one with palms nonetheless rainy from a swim. How bittersweet those punctuations of flame and gesture; however the most sensible have been on these mornings while i might have a bit anything going within the typewriter, the sunlight vibrant within the home windows, might be a few Berlioz on within the history. i'd pass into the kitchen for espresso and at the as far back as the web page, curled in its curler, i might gentle one up and suppose its dry rush combine with the darkish style of espresso. Then i'd be my very own locomotive, trailing at the back of me as I back to paintings little puffs of smoke, symptoms of growth, indicators of and proposal, the sign that informed the 19th century it was once relocating ahead.