“In today’s world, we all need many sources of inspiration, and Betsy Small’s Poems of Awakening is a deep one. The poems, and the feelings they evoke, appeal to the best part of ourselves. Highly recommended for yoga practitioners and anyone who aspires to continue to live with an open, joyous heart in the midst of challenges.

— Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D, PT, yoga teacher and
author of 8 books, including Relax and Renew

“Poems of Awakening is a gift to yourself and all those you love and serve.”

— Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression
and founder of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute

“Poems of Awakening offers an abundant gathering of beautiful, evocative poetry. The poems touch the heart, invite self-examination, and welcome profound emotional response. Betsy has organized her anthology in sets of poems that reflect her own spiritual journey, summoning the reader to travel a poetic path of deep awareness and personal growth.”

— Peggy Osna Heller, MSW, Ph.D., Poetry Therapist and
author of Word Arts Collage: A Poetry Therapy Memoir

“This is, quite simply, one of the more extraordinary selections of “awakening” poems I have read, beautifully curated, filled with unexpected gems as well as familiar voices. Quite simply, it expands the field, and is a book I warmly welcome to my own bookshelf.”

— Jane Hirshfield, Buddhist poet and translator

“It’s a beautiful anthology that is thoughtfully collected and will find a way into people’s hearts.”

— Zara Houshmand, poet and author of

A Mirror Garden

“... whaddaya mean by ‘awakening’… or ‘spiritual’… or ‘poetry’? ... I was very pleasantly surprised. Small’s reach is admirably broad, bringing Sufi mystics together with canonical American poets and contemporary yogis who write poems with titles like Savasana without watering down or homogenizing. And, most impressively, she makes it work. Her choice and arrangement of poems not only makes such a broad array fit, but turns it into something more than a simple compilation. The anthology is organized as a journey through various aspects of awakening, from everyday experiences of deep awareness to the visionary insights of great mystics.

— Jay Winston,

Elephant Journal