Jul 04 2012

Poetry Chaikhana is back – with a few updates

I apologize that it’s been so many days without a Poetry Chaikhana email. I’ve received a few concerned notes asking if I was in danger from the Colorado wildfires. We are safe. The wildfires have been devastating to the state, and a couple of the fires have been close enough that we could occasionally see and smell the smoke, but where I live and work are not directly threatened.


My absence for the past week has been due to a couple of other dramas. My wife and I recently brought a new puppy, named Apollo, into our family…

Last week the little fellow got extremely sick and we had to take him to an animal hospital. It looked bad. The veterinarians thought he wasn’t going to make it. He received some good care but he was not improving, and the tests were getting more expensive without revealing much. We decided to check him out of the hospital and take him on a visit to the nearby farm where he was born. Something about that visit reawakened his spirit. The little guy immediately perked up on that visit — he was playful again, eating again, showing all the vitality of a young puppy. Now that’s real medicine!

We spent a few more days nursing Apollo back to full health. At this point he’s got us running to keep up with all his energy. If you’re walking around without shoes on, watch out, he’s likely to pounce on your toes.

Email Challenges

Just as I was about to resume the Poetry Chaikhana emails, I had a problem with my internet service provider and my email was down for nearly two days. I guess a slightly longer rest was in order.

But I’m ready for some more poetry, aren’t you? I’ll resume the normal poetry emails on Friday.

28% Discount on Real Thirst through Amazon

I just found out that Amazon US is now offering a 28% discount on Real Thirst. This came as a surprise to me. I suspect that, because sales were good in the first few days after I announced the book (with thanks to the Poetry Chaikhana community), Amazon decided to view Real Thirst as a “legitimate” publication and they then applied their standard discount program. Their business logic must be that they trim their profit in the hopes of selling more copies.

Whatever Amazon’s logic is, I hope this new discount makes Real Thirst more affordable and available to more people. I don’t know how long Amazon will continue the discount, so now is an excellent time to purchase a copy. And remember that your purchase not only supports the Poetry Chaikhana, but it paves the way for a future full-length Poetry Chaikhana anthology… our next major publication goal.

The warbler knows
only dawn’s shaft
of light
on her breast.

Forgetting false future
suns, she sings

in no voice
but her own.

Real Thirst
Poetry of the Spiritual Journey

Poems & Translations by Ivan M. Granger

Available through

Original poems by Ivan M. Granger with new translations of works by visionaries from both East and West: John of the Cross, Francis of Assisi, Symeon the New Theologian, Hakim Sanai, Tukaram, Sarmad, Bulleh Shah, Sachal Sarmast, Vladimir Solovyov, Tulsi Sahib, and Antonio Machado.

Read More:Table of Contents + Sample Poetry + About the Author

And — happy Independence Day. (Colonizer, colonized — the sane strive to be neither.)

Now… let’s return to some poetry. Oof, and watch out for pouncing puppies!


23 responses so far

23 Responses to “Poetry Chaikhana is back – with a few updates”

  1. Annaon 04 Jul 2012 at 11:42 am

    Thank you for sharing all your beautiful poetry and that of many other great souls. Happy Independance Day. I learned today a good “declaration of Independance” (from the Ego) – “Dream, Do, Detach” from Sarah Ban Breathnach “Simple Abundance”. Its about being independant from the outcomes of our dreams and actions. All the best, Blessings of Peace, Anna

  2. Tracy Lynn Pristason 04 Jul 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I will send you new adorable puppy Apollo Reiki healing energy for strong health, if that would be ok with you. I love dogs and often treat my own dog Bruno with hands on healing. Sometimes he lets me and when he has had enough he moves away. Happy July 4th.

  3. Ivan M. Grangeron 04 Jul 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you, Tracy. I welcome some good healing energies for Apollo…

  4. Delindaon 04 Jul 2012 at 2:22 pm

    It is so pleasant to read about your family life. Thank you very much!

  5. Ingrid Buckneron 04 Jul 2012 at 2:36 pm


    It is wonderful to hear from you again. I’m glad that everything is okay, where you and your family live.. I am just happy you got Apollo! Sorry that the little creature was not feeling well in the beginning – now watch out: these innocent small animals will take over… I am a proud owner of a rescued Jack Russel Terrier.

    Happy 4th and all the best …

  6. Peter Kalathason 04 Jul 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Ivan,
    Glad to hear that Apollo has regained his vitality by going back to where he discovered the world. If only all of us humans recognize and follow the same process and discover our core i believe the world will become a better place to live in.
    Thank you for your site and insightful expressions helping us on our way..

    Kind regards


  7. Arlene Butleron 04 Jul 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I am thrilled that you have a puppy and send prayers for his full recovery.
    I bought your wonderful book the day you announced it and I love it. I wish you much success with the book.
    Thank you so much for your work!

  8. Annieon 04 Jul 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Your experience with Apollo brings a whole new meaning to “puppy love.”

    Thank you for sharing.


  9. franon 04 Jul 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Glad your little guy, Apollo is on the mend and feeling better.
    Looking forward to a puppy poem, ?? no pressure;)
    best to your family

  10. Rasikaon 04 Jul 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Apollo looks adorable and justifies your absence from my inbox! Hope he gets well soon and fills your lives with joy, love and laughter.

  11. Aparrnaon 04 Jul 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Ha, i love that Annie: Your experience with Apollo brings a whole new meaning to “puppy love.”

    Lots of love and astral hugs to you two together

    By the way, who named him Apollo?? Lol. What a cute name.
    My little cousin got a puppy and going in her Harry Potter flow, named him ‘Theo’

  12. ushaon 04 Jul 2012 at 10:45 pm

    hi ivan!
    glad to know appolo is fine.very cute puppy,, my love to her.,,,
    you all are safe and fit thats relaxing news,,,,,,,

    waiting for new mails,,

  13. jagwanton 04 Jul 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Congratulatrions for getting Appollo, original sounding name for the puppy. What hapened with him was great. Next time, if it happens, you may like to try homeopathy (requires a real good doctor and genuine medicines) or try ayurved /nature cure.

  14. Sunil Uniyalon 05 Jul 2012 at 1:40 am

    Hi Ivan,
    Nice to know that Apollo is getting well.
    I’m also happy to learn that your book is doing good at Amazon.
    You richly deserve it.
    Hope your next venture also brings you success.

    Warm regards,

  15. Sammon 05 Jul 2012 at 5:57 am

    Oh happy healthy twosome and glorious Apollo,
    How smart and intuitive to take time off for healing him.

    As I pray for rain for you in CO, may you all flourish as the sun glides across the summer sky.

    To you, puppies and poetry,
    yours gratefully,

  16. Patriciaon 05 Jul 2012 at 11:05 am

    Ivan, that is the most adorable puppy I have ever seen, what did you name him?
    So happy you are safe in Colorado. I tried to get your book on line and I don’t know
    what happened, it didn’t go through?? I will try Amazon. Lots of Love, Patricia xxx

  17. hassanon 05 Jul 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Sharing experience like you had with Appolo make sense
    what i learned is one should go to birth place to have those waives of your birth place
    to revitalize your self
    pl. write your opinion xxx

  18. Manav Menonon 06 Jul 2012 at 7:09 am

    Ivan! Hello, I am thirsty, will it be available on flipkart soon? I’m from India!

  19. Ivan M. Grangeron 06 Jul 2012 at 8:26 am

    Manav- I am looking into what is necessary to have Real Thirst listed through Flipkart now. I hope we can slake that thirst soon! ~Ivan

  20. jim carlinon 06 Jul 2012 at 9:10 am

    a tragic error on my part
    a brutal attack by the rest of the pack
    almost cost Inkie her life
    she is the runt of the litter
    the most obedient and inteligent
    i want to keep her
    i thought my world with her
    had ended

    love never fails

    glad Apollo is recovering

  21. Claraon 06 Jul 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Good news about Apollo! He is so precious! Thank you for your thoughtfulness in keeping us updated and bless you for the joy and beauty and inspiration you share! Peace, Love and Light.

  22. Joyceon 08 Jul 2012 at 1:34 pm

    The photo is so adorable! Thanks!

  23. Lakshmion 16 Jul 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I enjoy being a part of Poetry Chaikhana.
    All the best.

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