Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems


An inspiring read for lovers of beautiful, accessible poetry.

This book 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.

Mindfulness poems invite us to bring our whole self to whatever moment we’re in and truly live it. They encourage us to be more present, more attentive and compassionate, in the living of our days. They grant us a taste of being good enough, just as we are, in this world, just as it is.

Poetry of Presence ($21.95; dimensions 6″ x 9″) is an award-winning collection of more than 150 mindfulness poems, mostly by contemporary or recent poets. These poems call us to the Here and Now, and help us to dwell there. The Here and Now is all that truly belongs to us, and as the poets say, it’s enough.

Companion guide for readers, writers, and workshop facilitators now available. Learn more here.

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Testimonials from Readers

Poetry of Presence has stolen at least one Dutch heart. It’s a bundle to treasure your entire life and read over and over again. I kept it beside my bed, to read one random poem before sleeping. It’s also an excellent gift! Cathelijne E.

Poetry of Presence ought to be your constant companion. It gently guides us along the path of awareness, reminding us that we are all part of the universal spirit. Sandhya S.

Many of the poems in Poetry of Presence are “knock outs” and you don’t have to be knowledgeable about poetry to fall in love with them. You just have to be human and on the journey. If I were queen of the world for a day, every household would have a copy. Kim L.

Be warned: Poetry of Presence might change your life. It did mine (and I didn’t even like poetry). Not only is it great for personal use but would also be good for a book club. Jennifer A.

I work as a Spiritual Director, and I couldn’t wait to get a copy of Poetry of Presence. Reading these poems is part of my spiritual practice, and I share them with the people who come to me for sessions. Inspiring! A. C.

Poetry of Presence couldn’t be more perfect. It contains thoughtful, revelatory, and quiet-inducing works to bring us all back to our true selves. A really lovely collection. Zimley

I gave four copies of Poetry of Presence for Christmas this year. Every single recipient has commented on the power of presence this book evokes. Dianna B.

Anthologized poets include: Yehuda Amichai  •  Margaret Atwood  •  Ellen Bass  •  Wendell Berry  •  Robert Bly  •  Billy Collins  •  Mahmoud Darwish  •  Thich Nhat Hanh  •  Joy Harjo  •  Tony Hoagland  •  Miroslav Holub  •  Marie Howe  •  Erica Jong  •  Kabir  •  Galway Kinnell  •  Ted Kooser  •  Howard Nemerov  •  Kathleen Norris  •  Mary Oliver  •  Rainer Maria Rilke  •  Rumi  •  May Sarton  •  William Stafford  •  David Wagoner  •  Alice Walker and many more.

Learn more about the connection between mindfulness and poetry, the background of the editors, and what people are saying about Poetry of Presence. 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.