Maria Popova, the wonderful mind behind Brain Pickings, has chosen my anthology, Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection, as one of her favorite books of 2019. I’m humbled and grateful to be on the same list with folks like Ross Gay, whose Book of Delights is one of my favorites of last year as well.
Here’s what she had to say:
“Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness,” Tolstoy wrote in looking back on his long and imperfect life. These words with which he encased the most immortal truth of the human heart open poet James Crews’s wondrous anthology Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection (public library) — a tender, truthful mirror held up to what is best in us amid a culture that so readily caricatures us at our worst, featuring soul-salving, rupture-suturing, sanity-resuscitating poems by virtuosos of verse like Jane Hirshfield, Marie Howe,Tracy K. Smith, Lucille Clifton, W.S. Merwin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ross Gay, Rita Dove,Donald Hall, and Jane Kenyon.