Poetry as a Spiritual Practice


Poetry as a Spiritual Practice

Illuminating the Awakened Woman

Edited by Catherine Ghosh

with Sandra Marie Allagapen,
Jamie Burgess, Jesse James, and Tammy T. Stone


Publication date: June 20, 2016

Paperback | Ebook

6 x 9 in | ISBN 978-0692740354

Poetry | Inspirational | Spiritual

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What is it about the unique nature of poetry that draws fullness of expression from female hearts?

How do poems become conduits to what is most sacred within us?

This third book to emerge from the Journey of the Heart Poetry Project lifts the veil on these, and other mysterious subjects, surrounding women who spontaneously engage poetry writing as part of their spiritual practice.

In this reflective collection of personal essays, poems and meditations, women writers illuminate the powerful role poetry plays in unleashing their spirits. Juxtaposing the waxing and waning of the moon phases, with cycles of concealing and revealing their own voices, the authors tap into an ancient theme to explore the mystical experience of birthing a poem.

All proceeds from the book will be donated to a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women to express themselves through writing. 

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This body of work is a treasured collection not to be missed.

This is the third collection of poems in a trilogy of Catherine Ghosh’s poetry novels, and hands down my favorite and most cherished one…Every turned page I was more intrigued and more enchanted with their limitless forms by cracking open wider in their creativity. Each poem felt like passages from a sacred source—the guts and hearts of each goddess spilling their stories onto paper for all to see. I couldn’t put it down, even though I had every opportunity to do so…This book is an eloquent experience that in compilation, transcends love and awareness, and that is exactly what an exquisitely written poetry book is supposed to do…

—Gerry Ellen, book reviewer for The Tattooed Buddha

Some stories and poems make the edges of the paper curl with the heat of their power and passion.

Poetry as a Spiritual Practice is a book filled with words that could start a fire. They kindle and add fuel to your love of life, poetry, and the mystery that is what we are.

—Oriah “Mountain Dreamer” House, author of The Invitation

About the Editor

 Catherine Ghosh created the Journey of the Heart: Women’s Spiritual Poetry online project in 2012, through which she’s inspired hundreds of women from around the world connect with the beauty and value in their voices, via sharing their poetry. The first two books she edited in the trilogy are Journey of the Heart: An Anthology of Spiritual Poetry by Women (Balboa Press, 2014) and Where Journeys Meet: The Voice of Women’s Poetry (Golden Dragonfly Press, 2015). Catherine co-founded the Secret Yoga Institute and co-authored Yoga in the Gita: Krishna and Patanjali—The Bhakti Dimension.

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