Barbara Schmitz

The Upside Down Heart

The Upside Down Heart

In April 2002 Sufi Murshid Shahabuddin David Less and a small group of students journeyed to Jerusalem and other parts of Israel to meet with spiritually-based peace workers to pray and to dance for peace. This book is a collection of events, people (Israeli and Palestinian),and responses to the suffering and joy of the war-torn land.

Selected Works

Poetry
A deep drink of human joy and sorrow. Songs of Living Aware, richly.
"By the end of this chapbook, Bob has become as real as your crazy uncle.
--Phil Wagner
“Barbara Schmitz is the Lucinda Williams of the poetry world.”
--Paul Zarzyski
“. . . chillingly honest. Schmitz is a courageous poet. She tells us the truth.”
--Greg Kuzma
Intense narrative poems about poet’s pilgrimage to Israel
Memoir
"Schmitz endeavors to understand 'the mystery and beauty of being alive.' I name her the Queen of Constancy for her devotion to meditation and never letting up of giving up on her spiritual journey. Enjoy the rich trip."
-- Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones