Dec 02 2013

Announcement: Fierce Eye, Gentle Heart – Card Set

I hope you had a joyful Thanksgiving (if you’re in the Thanksgiving part of the world). My wife and I played tabletop games with friends. It is also Hanukkah. And the Winter Solstice, Christmas, and the New Year are all quickly coming up. May this be a blessed time of light and renewal for all!

And I have some news…

I am so pleased to announce that the Poetry Chaikhana is offering a beautiful new card set of sayings and short poems. It is a collection of several of my “thought for the day” sayings and a few short poems, with artwork Rashani Réa of Dharma Gaia Cards.

Fierce Eye, Gentle Heart, card set, sayings, short poems, Ivan M. Granger, Rashani Rea Fierce Eye, Gentle Heart
Card Set – 12 full-color cards

Sayings and Short Poems by Ivan M. Granger
Art & Design by Rashani Réa

$12.95
+ $2 Shipping

PURCHASE


A beautiful collection of meditative sayings, thought-provoking statements, and short poems accompanied by the colorful, collage-like artwork of Rashani Réa.

  • Keep a set of these cards by your bed, in your place of meditation or prayer, or at your desk.
  • Select a card each time you seek a new perspective, a spark of creativity, a moment of clarity, or renewed focus in your spiritual practice.
  • Frame your favorite and display it on a wall or bookshelf.

This lovely card set also makes a wonderful gift!

This collection of cards came together in a surprising way: During the past few months I’ve been quietly working on a Poetry Chaikhana anthology, a selection of the amazing poetry we share each week, accompanied by my commentary and spiritual ramblings. (I know I’ve been promising this anthology for some time, but it is coming together nicely and should be available next year.) In the midst of that work, a half-formed but strong spark of an idea popped into my head: do something with cards. I casually emailed Rashani Réa, an artist I know in Hawaii who does stunning, collage-like artwork imbued with a strong spiritual element, and I suggested we think of doing something together. She surprised me several days later, saying that creative inspiration had taken over and she was already immersed in the design of the cards. A few weeks later — here they are!

Rashani also waived her normal design fee to support the work of the Poetry Chaikhana. Thanks to her generosity, your purchase of these cards doubly benefits for the Poetry Chaikhana — and you get this wonderful card set!

And, if these sell well, we may put together a series of “Poetry Chaikhana Cards” — Lalla, Rumi, Basho, St. John of the Cross… Is that something you’d like? Let us know.

Here are a few examples from the card set:

Fierce Eye, Gentle Heart, card set, sayings, short poems, Ivan M. Granger, Rashani Rea Fierce Eye, Gentle Heart, card set, sayings, short poems, Ivan M. Granger, Rashani Rea Fierce Eye, Gentle Heart, card set, sayings, short poems, Ivan M. Granger, Rashani Rea Fierce Eye, Gentle Heart, card set, sayings, short poems, Ivan M. Granger, Rashani Rea
Protect
the wild places
in yourself
See everything
with a fierce eye
and a gentle heart.
The divine
is experienced in the heart.

The intellect, at best,
can only trail behind and take notes.

Beloved, they want to know:
Did I reach up to You,
or did You reach out to me?

And they want to know:
What is real
touch?

How can I explain

— we pour
into each other.

~ Ivan M. Granger

Purchasing these cards is a wonderful way to support the Poetry Chaikhana. They also can be given as gifts of inspiration this holiday season.

You can order through PayPal by clicking the ‘Purchase’ link above or on the Poetry Chaikhana website. Or, if you prefer, you can send a check or money order to:

Poetry Chaikhana
PO Box 2320
Boulder, CO 80306

Please be sure to include your delivery address.

I should mention that, because these cards are a new and we don’t yet know how popular they will be, our initial printing is limited — so if you want a set right away, make sure to place your order soon. If they sell out quickly, more cards will be available after mid-December.

Have a beautiful day!

Ivan

11 responses so far

11 Responses to “Announcement: Fierce Eye, Gentle Heart – Card Set”

  1. Dianeon 02 Dec 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Ivan, I love your postings and would like to support you by buying a set of these new cards. I live in the UK – so are you charging enough postage? I won’t pay yet until you let me know! All best wishes, Diane

  2. Lisaon 02 Dec 2013 at 5:51 pm

    (if these sell well, we may put together a series of “Poetry Chaikhana Cards” — Lalla, Rumi, Basho, St. John of the Cross… Is that something you’d like? Let us know)

    Yes, absolutely Ivan… I just ordered a set of the new cards, and btw they look awesome and I love the verses.. will look forward to receiving them!

    All the best to you ~ Lisa

  3. Glenda Fieldson 02 Dec 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Wonderful!
    Yes, they can be used like Di venation messages, where one randomly picks a card from the deck, or box, and simply read as daily inspirations. Perfect gifts too.
    Happy to see these Ivan. Happy Holidays to you, Lisa and yours,
    My Best to you, Definitely ordering.

    Glenda

  4. Glenda Fieldson 02 Dec 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Happy Holidays! I’ve been following your poetry for so many years now, you definitely feel like family- and in fact your are a part of my spiritual family!
    Love,
    Glenda

  5. Ivan M. Grangeron 02 Dec 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Hi Diane,

    I should have planned for international deliveries. I believe postage to the UK will actually cost a little more than $2 USD. If you want to order right away, please go ahead. If the postage cost is higher than anticipated, perhaps you can make an extra donation sometime. And soon I will update the ordering to accommodate international shipping so it can be handled more smoothly in the future.

    Thanks!

    Ivan

  6. Ivan M. Grangeron 02 Dec 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Glenda-
    <3
    Happy Holidays to you too!
    Ivan

  7. Peter Mountainon 03 Dec 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Yay for tabletop games. My favorite light game is “Dixit”

  8. Therese Monaghan O.P.on 05 Dec 2013 at 8:07 am

    I think that is a wonderful idea–the Poetry Chiakhanna cards–and when they are ready I will certainly order them.

  9. Therese Monaghan O.P.on 05 Dec 2013 at 8:12 am

    I think that is a wonderful idea–the Poetry Chaikhanna cards–and when they are ready I will certainly order them.
    As for the new cards, are they blank inside or just one side?
    Blessings on this undertaking.
    Therese

  10. Ivan M. Grangeron 06 Dec 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Dear Therese,
    These cards are not really greeting cards. They are one sided and don’t fold open. Still, they can be nice to give to friends, either individually or as a set. Does that description help?
    Ivan

  11. Therese Monaghan O.P.on 09 Dec 2013 at 8:33 am

    Yes. Thank you, Ivan. I will wait to order the Poetry Chaikhanna cards when they are ready.
    Happy Holidays to you and your family and wishes for your good health. Blessings–Therese

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