Make Yourself Happy (Paperback)
Praise for Eleni Sikelianos:
Library Journal Best Books 2013: Poetry
Electric as a lightning storm, wild as a first-growth forest, protean as fantasy's shape-shifters--that's Sikelianos's poetry, a real pleasure to read.--Library Journal
Using text and images, moving spikily across the page and across ideas in ever-expanding loops, Make Yourself Happy is devoted to one of the oldest and most important human questions: how to live. Humanity, happiness, and the survival of the biosphere spin each section forward, species are wiped out, yet the poem endures.
You walk into the sunlight
to make yourself happy.
This is the poem that will tell you
how to live.
Eleni Sikelianos is the author of six books of poetry, most recently "The Loving Detail of the Living and the Dead" and "The California Poem," which was a Barnes & Noble Best of the Year, as well as hybrid memoirs, "The Book of Jon" and "You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek)." Sikelianos teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Denver. A California native, longtime New Yorker, and world traveler, she now lives in Boulder with her husband, the novelist Laird Hunt, and their daughter, Eva Grace.