A Thousand Ways to Kiss the Earth


In these puzzling days as our long-held certainties are being challenged and threatened, Lisa Shatzky’s poems lead us through sadness to moments of therapeutic uplifting. The overall mood in this collection of linked poems is consistent: Shatzky acknowledges the haunting facts of life on Earth (as endangered butterflies and bumblebees) and offers reasons to find joy in the smallest moments of our own lives. She urges us to rejoice in touching the hand of a stranger as we reach at the same moment to open a door or smiling at the person who is sweeping leaves scattering in a gust of wind. There is so much to love and so much to lose, her poems tell us, and so we need to “go slower, go softer, go kinder”.

Audrey Grescoe, author and editor

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In this book you will find a door to a world deep within yourself. These elegant poems, written in deceptively simple language, brim with truth about living and being.

Jess Malkin MA, MSW. Therapist and Artist

Lisa Shatzky’s poems ask us to have the courage to live life’s complexities in all their mired colors and moods as fully as we possibly can. They offer a window into ourselves, words of hope and healing, love and loss, miracles and wanderings into those “greater than us” places. These are poems that offer a sanctuary of depth and contemplation, passion and compassion in which we do not want to leave.

Helen Tuck, B.A., M.A., writer and visual artist

Lisa Shatzky ponders whether “maybe most things exist outside of words” however, through her words she takes her audience on a journey of self- reflection, inviting us to embrace the mysteries, to live the questions, showing us that vulnerability is the key to connection. She invites us to find the music in the silence, to keep on loving and that there is A Thousand Ways to Kiss the Earth.

Ruta Yawney, MA, RCC, FAMI Registered Clinical Counsellor,


Lisa Shatzky’s poetry has been published widely across Canada and parts of the U.S. When not writing Lisa works as a psychotherapist on Bowen Island BC, Canada, where she lives. She does poetry readings and spoken word performances all over British Columbia and sometimes in Montréal, Quebec, where she was born. In recent years, Shatzky has shared poetry in Reykjavik, Iceland, as well as along the Camino de Santiago in Spain.


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