Rating: 5 out of 5

The first of the “ten poems to” books I’ve read. I found it on the shelf at my library and decided I’d give it a go. I’m a bit intimidated by poetry. In a similar way to how I’m intimidated by cryptic crosswords. A fear of “Am I smart enough?” I guess. Anyway, that’s about me not the book, but gives context. I enjoyed this poem and essay approach. Illustrating points by introducing other poems. Describing interpretations. As other reviews have said it’s unlikely that all ten poems will resonate but I certainly found two or three. For my own notes they were:
Self-portrait by David Whyte
Lake and Maple by Jane Hirshfield
So much happiness by Naomi Shibab Nye

Originally posted to my Goodreads account