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This definitive collection includes more than 100 poems composed over the last forty years. Thich Nhat Hanh's clarity shines forth in Call Me by My True Names, transforming the pain and difficulty of war and exile into a celebration of awareness and the human spirit....

Title : Call Me by My True Names: The Collected Poems
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ISBN : 9781888375169
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 206 Pages
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Call Me by My True Names: The Collected Poems Reviews

  • Maureen
    2019-05-20 01:09

    Thich Nhat Hanh's poetry is known for its haunting, lyrical quality. There can be no better way of conveying a sense of this than by reproducing the title poem here. Very highly recommended.Please Call Me by My True Names Don't say that I will depart tomorrow -- even today I am still arriving. Look deeply: every second I am arriving to be a bud on a Spring branch, to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings, learning to sing in my new nest, to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower, to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone. I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry, to fear and to hope. The rhythm of my heart is the birth and death of all that is alive. I am the mayfly metamorphosing on the surface of the river. And I am the bird that swoops down to swallow the mayfly. I am the frog swimming happily in the clear water of a pond. And I am the grass-snake that silently feeds itself on the frog. I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones, my legs as thin as bamboo sticks. And I am the arms merchant, selling deadly weapons to Uganda. I am the twelve-year-old girl, refugee on a small boat, who throws herself into the ocean after being raped by a sea pirate. And I am the pirate, my heart not yet capable of seeing and loving. I am a member of the Politburo, with plenty of power in my hands. And I am the man who has to pay his "debt of blood" to my people dying slowly in a forced-labor camp. My joy is like Spring, so warm it makes flowers bloom all over the Earth. My pain is like a river of tears, so vast it fills the four oceans. Please call me by my true names, so I can hear all my cries and my laughter at once, so I can see that my joy and pain are one. Please call me by my true names, so I can wake up, and so the door of my heart can be left open, the door of compassion. -Call Me By My True Names: The Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh

  • Helen
    2019-04-28 00:13

    Beautiful poems for peace and endurance in the face of insurmountable odds, just the right balm for our times as they were during the Vietnam War.

  • Tammy Marie Jacintho
    2019-05-02 04:03

    As a truly compassionate man, Thich Nhat Hanh acts as bridge between the realm of art and the realm of self. In truth, barriers dissolve and the reader is left to contemplate that essence, that substance we might point to when our gaze turns inward. What is that tenderness, that resiliency, that churning, that sorrow? It dwells in all of us. And so his poems, which are poems, call us back to each other. There is fierce love in these poems. And, against all odds, there is a real attempt to heal and to make whole. Poetry rarely looks so striking-- so strikingly like prayer. Usually the poet rages or rallies against the Other in order to create. Thick Nhat Hanh opens his poetry to all that would harm, diminish, even squelch who and what he loves, and he takes these elements into the poetry and into himself to show us our world. The suffering that he exposes is the suffering of the poet, and the poet "is" us.

  • Aleksandra
    2019-04-23 03:00

    This is not a book I read from end to end, but leave through looking for the right feeling. One feels so humble reading this book, and rightly so. I recommend pg 46 and 72. Some of the poems are very deeply disturbing, because of his experiences. Still haunted, you will return to seek beauty and wisdom in this book. "Every second I am arriving to be a bud on a new branch". This book is filled with hope, combined with horrible truths, it helps me bear reality and not lose idealism.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-08 06:19

    This was the very first book I read by Thích Nhãt Hanh and I will be reading more. This is not like other poetry books with pretty lines his poetry is raw and powerful. So many of these I had to stop after reading because it was just a lot to take in. Many of the poems are based on things he experienced or saw which makes these poems an emotional read.

  • Phil
    2019-05-23 04:11

    I have always liked Hanh's prose writings about mindfulness and compassion. While I found some of his poems to be a little heavy-handed, overall,the sentiment is what you would expect from him and the poems reinforce his teachings. If not the best poetic tactician, Thich Nhat Hahn is certainly a good messenger and there are quite a few memorable pieces here.

  • Amy Wise
    2019-04-26 08:27

    Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist Monk and this is a collection of his beautiful poetry. Each poem is a window into his soul, his faith, his past and his ancestors. I really recommend this book of beautiful poetry.

  • Erin
    2019-05-03 07:11

    I was looking for a book of poetry to read, something that I could find personal connections with... And his poems are just much more political than I was interested in. It's not that they were not well written; they just weren't interesting to me at the time.

  • Jo Harp
    2019-05-14 04:17

    make me incredibly emotional. fabulously evocative.

  • Sarah Joyce
    2019-04-29 04:01

    "If we kill men, what brothers will we have left? With whom shall we live then?"

  • Vanessa Quintal
    2019-05-17 08:13

    Piercing images through those poems help provoke compassion, understanding, love.

  • Linda Le
    2019-05-21 08:20

    great selection of poems on days when u need to remind urself to have compassion

  • Jon
    2019-05-21 01:02

    A few very beautiful poems mostly the anti-war ones. But overly teachy in some, Hanh is a monk and his religion and morality is in most of his poems.

  • Marion
    2019-05-21 23:58


  • Tim Desmond
    2019-05-24 07:04

    A treasure of insight.

  • Ivan Granger
    2019-04-27 08:07

    Poetry by the beloved modern master Thich Nhat Hanh, exploring service and suffering, humanity and interbeing, breath and stillness, beauty and bliss.