At Tarcher/Penguin, our motto is: “Great lives begin with great ideas.” Some of the world’s greatest ideas can be found in poetry, distilled into a form where individual readers can interpret different meanings for themselves. In this way, poetry can be a like a Rorschach test for the soul, allowing us to discover a different meaning than our neighbor does while exploring the same poem. We hope you’ll read these three superb works, and discuss them with your literary friends. It’s a guaranteed way to learn more about yourself, and others. (Talk about a great idea!)

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Rumi: In the Arms of the Beloved, translated by Jonathan Star
A treasury of Rumi’s verse that spans the poet’s life and includes his most celebrated and poignant work. It is an enchanting volume of classic Eastern thought that creates an exhilarating experience for all readers.

Love’s Voice: 72 Kabbalistic Haiku, by Richard Zimler
Acclaimed novelist Richard Zimler uses the form of haiku to distill Kabbalistic philosophy into its most essential form, providing a rare and deeply affecting experience of the wisdom of the ages.

In the Company of Rilke: Why a 20th-Century Visionary Poet Speaks So Eloquently to 21st-Century Readers, by Stephanie Dowrick
Drawing on her deep understanding of the gifts of Rilke’s writings, as well as her own personal spiritual seeking, Stephanie Dowrick offers an intimate and accessible appreciation of this most exceptional poet and his transcendent work.

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– Andrew Yackira, @acyackira

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