Saved by a Poem (Paperback)

The Transformative Power of Words [With CD (Audio)]

By Kim Rosen

Hay House, 9781401921460, 254pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2009



Can someone really be saved by a poem? In Kim Rosen's book, the answer is a resounding "Yes " Poetry, the most ancient form of prayer, is a necessary medicine for our times: a companion through difficulty; a guide when we are lost; a salve when we are wounded; and a conduit to an inner source of joy, freedom, and insight.
Whether you are a lover of poetry or have yet to discover its power, Rosen offers a new way to experience a poem. She encourages you to feel the poem as you might an affirmation or sacred text, which can align every level of your being.
In an uncertain world, Saved by a Poem is an emphatic call to cultivate the ever-renewable resources of the heart. Through poetry, the unspeakable can be spoken, the unendurable endured, and the miraculous shared. Weaving teaching, story, verse, and memoir, Rosen guides you to find a poem that speaks to you so you can take it into your life and become a voice for its wisdom in the world.

About the Author

Kim Rosen, MFA, is a spoken-word artist, a teacher of self-inquiry, and an award-winning poet. She has given poetry concerts, lectures, and workshops in venues from cathedrals to juvenile lockdown facilities. She has been on the faculty of Wisdom University, the Omega Institute, and Kripalu. Website:

Praise For Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words [With CD (Audio)]

This book puts forward poetry as literary ecology, concerned with the protection and preservation of our souls. It is a call, a guide, an invitation to know poetry, to find poetry, to remember poetry. It suggests that turning to poetry can become a necessary practice, like turning off a water faucet or not using a plastic bag. . . . For those who are afraid of poetry, this is a door opening; for those who love poetry, this is a sure deepening.”

Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues and Insecure at Last

Kim Rosen’s work is a unique and important means to help us embody the word in a time when reality is becoming more and more virtual.”

Roger Housden, author of Ten Poems to Change Your Life