Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection
This anthology features poems by Mark Doty, Ross Gay, Donald Hall, Marie Howe, Naomi Shihab Nye and many others. These poets, from all walks of life, and from all over America, prove to us the possibility of creating in our lives what Dr. Martin Luther King called the “beloved community,” a place where we see each other as the neighbors we already are. Healing the Divide urges us, at this fraught political time, to move past the negativity that often fills the airwaves, and to embrace the ordinary moments of kindness and connection that fill our days.
“Enjoy this book as I have, reading it through, then reading it through again,
then going back to mark those pages I want to go back to again and again and again.”
—Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate, author of Kindest Regards: New and Selected Poems
“My favorite book of the year so far. You can feel the loving intention of Vermonter James Crews behind every selection in this exquisite anthology—the hope for a better society and world for people to grow up and actually live in. Here are sustaining poems by Mark Doty, Ross Gay, Marie Howe, Linda Hogan, Lahab Assef Al-Jundi, and so many others. This humanizing collection is a perfect gift for teenage readers who adore poetry—or even the ones who think they don’t like it. It is also a perfect gift for middle and high school teachers who are encouraging writing with their students because the poems are great examples (positive contagion!) of other people’s writing. Our nation’s first Native American poet laureate, Joy Harjo’s poem “Remember” was probably read aloud in 5,000 classrooms by me alone. These poems are a necessary balance to all the depressing, repetitive chitchat everyone must endure on TV. Here is the unbreaking news, people.”
—Naomi Shihab Nye, Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate
Review from Ted Kooser, former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer prize-winning poet. He hosts the newspaper project “American Life in Poetry” where this link appeared!
“I highly recommend a new anthology called Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection, edited by James Crews and published by Green Writers Press in Brattleboro, Vermont. Here’s just one of the many fine poems, this one by Jeffrey Harrison, whose poetry we’ve published here before. His most recent book is Into Daylight (Tupelo Press), in which this poem was originally published, and he makes his home in Massachusetts.”
Poem copyright by Jeffrey Harrison, “A Drink of Water,” from Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness & Connection, ed., James Crews, (Green Writers Press, 2019). Poem reprinted by permission of Jeffrey Harrison and the publisher.