Poetry of Presence II: More Mindfulness Poems


This follow-up volume to the immensely popular Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems contains nearly 140 poems, most by contemporary or recent poets. Many of the poems delve into relational or social mindfulness, helping you explore “the tough stuff” of living among others with presence. They invite you to face relational challenges without turning away from them. To deepen your awareness of them. To seek equanimity in the midst of them. To address them with compassion, hope, courage, and humility.

Let these poems prepare you to act with clarity amidst confusion, with lovingkindness amidst cruelty. Let them also provide a refuge, where you can recharge when you’re worn down, where you can just be.

This book (like the first volume) is a valuable resource for literature teachers, spiritual directors, meditators, interfaith clergy, mindfulness trainers, social workers, counselors, poetry therapists, hospice and grief workers, and medical personnel.

Available wherever books are sold. Also get your companion guide by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer and use the anthology to deepen your writing practice.

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Anthologized poets include Ellen Bass  •  Wendell Berry  •  Lucille Clifton  •  Albert Garcia  •  Ross Gay  •  Amanda Gorman  •  Thich Nhat Hanh  •  Joy Harjo  •  Linda Hogan  •  Ted Kooser  •  Dorianne Laux  •  Li-Young Lee  •  Ada Limón  •  W. S. Merwin  •  Naomi Shihab Nye  •  Mary Oliver  •  Rainer Maria Rilke  •  Rumi  •  William Stafford  •  Joyce Sutphen  •  Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer  •  David Whyte  •   and many more.

Be sure to visit A Year of Being Here, the online anthology of mindfulness poetry that gave rise to Poetry of Presence. I created and curated the site from 2013-2015 and during its three-year run, the project had thousands of subscribers spread across at least 50 countries. It remains accessible to all readers.

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