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A modern classic with more than one million copies in print, There are Men Too Gentle to Live Among Wolves is an outstanding collection of poetry. Of this book, Kavanaugh says: "This is a book born in my heart, born in the pain of ending one life and beginning another . . . in the excitement of finding life's meaning." Now in its 56th printing. A modern classic with more than one million copies in print, There are Men Too Gentle to Live Among Wolves is an outstanding collection of poetry. Of this book, Kavanaugh says: "This is a book born in my heart, born in the pain of ending one life and beginning another . . . in the excitement of finding life's meaning." Now in its 56th printing.


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A modern classic with more than one million copies in print, There are Men Too Gentle to Live Among Wolves is an outstanding collection of poetry. Of this book, Kavanaugh says: "This is a book born in my heart, born in the pain of ending one life and beginning another . . . in the excitement of finding life's meaning." Now in its 56th printing. A modern classic with more than one million copies in print, There are Men Too Gentle to Live Among Wolves is an outstanding collection of poetry. Of this book, Kavanaugh says: "This is a book born in my heart, born in the pain of ending one life and beginning another . . . in the excitement of finding life's meaning." Now in its 56th printing.

30 review for There Are Men Too Gentle to Live Among Wolves

  1. 4 out of 5

    Randy

    Picked up this hardback collection downstairs in the dungeon where we have the public library book sale...currently $1 per plastic grocery bag of books? Anyway, I opened it: copyrighted in 1970. The preface or acknowledgement or whatever it's called read..."I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hope to understand. W Picked up this hardback collection downstairs in the dungeon where we have the public library book sale...currently $1 per plastic grocery bag of books? Anyway, I opened it: copyrighted in 1970. The preface or acknowledgement or whatever it's called read..."I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hope to understand. We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter..." I had no sooner finished that than the lyrics from The Seeker by The Who entered my head and I can't get it OUT: "I asked Bobby Dylan, I asked the Beatles, I asked Timothy Leary but he couldn't help me either. They call me the Seeker. I've been searchin low and high." This free association or synchronicity or whatever the hell is just burnin a hole in my brain lately but all this writing is just coming at me in wave after wave that fits flawlessly together. I am awed by it and find it no accident. I was in a flea market a few weeks back and bought By Oak, Ash and Thorn, which is about modern shamanism...wow, is that one a mind bender. No doubt fated...and I don't even believe in fate... (to be continued)...Oh yeah, got into a running debate with idiots on a yahoo post about who's responsible for the Gulf oil debacle...reminded me a lot of GR group discussions...thank God I got out of those never to return...GR reviewers have all the answers!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I am one of the searchers.... this book had me hooked before it even started.

  3. 5 out of 5

    J

    This collection of poems is infused with insights into human nature you might expect from a clinical psychologist/philosopher/priest author. I like how the poems are arranged in sections: the gentle, the wolves, the loving and beloved.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joe Johnson

    A truely great book of poetry!inspiring and deep fom its intro to the end, James Kavanaugh has written several fine books of poetry and philisophical prose and this is a standout amidst works of the last 50 years. I only wish i had found this book in my youth, it was life changing for me as an adult and I can only wonder what might have been if I had read Kavanaughs writings as a ten year old Catholic boy trying to find my easy God. jj

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aubrey

    A bit morose yet deeply heartfelt collection of prose. Given to me by a dearly departed friend, it is an echo of his beauty & turmoil. I will never forget you James.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jonathon Aitken

    A collection of poetry so raw, so beautiful, so pure. Traversing life through the eyes of both an oblivious child, and of an old sage. The books themes of love, loneliness, and wanderlust resonate deeply with my soul. Thanks Open Library, but I need a hard copy. To stain the pages with my tears, and softly wear them down with my shivering grasp. Maybe I am a man too gentle to live among wolves.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shaun

    An overwhelmingly average collection of poetry. I respect a lot of the ideas that Kavanaugh writes about, and the content of the poems is often so genuine and personal that it feels difficult to criticize. Nevertheless, most of the poems in this collection were just boring, and the ones that were interesting never really went beyond merely interesting. Overall 2.5 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jay O'Neal

    I randomly picked this up from Value Village solely because of the title and the fact that I do not read enough poetry. I was not disappointed. Maybe if you'd known me as a child is a great poem, as is To begin to live the rest of my life. I randomly picked this up from Value Village solely because of the title and the fact that I do not read enough poetry. I was not disappointed. Maybe if you'd known me as a child is a great poem, as is To begin to live the rest of my life.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mike Taylor

    If i were rating the forward and the first three poems I'd give it 5 stars. I find myself in a state similar to the situation that led Kavanaugh to write these poems, which is probably why they spoke to me. If i were rating the forward and the first three poems I'd give it 5 stars. I find myself in a state similar to the situation that led Kavanaugh to write these poems, which is probably why they spoke to me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Adam Welling

    The title poem or better put the title is the gem. I would suggest reading that poem or taking what you will from the title. This will resonate with some people. Others will hate it. I find it a refreshingly honest disclosure in a world full of chest thumping bs posturing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Kyle

    Sweet collection, soft views. Family, the gentle nature of observance, and the persistence of senses. Would make a pleasant blanket printed over cloth.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    A very interesting amalgamation of poetry. It feels perhaps a bit overworked? However it’s still beautiful.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael Morris

    While there are sentiments worth paying attention to, this is ultimately a rather bad volume of poems. A handful of clever lines and strong emotions do not a good poem make, and that is about all we find for the whole book, so perhaps one can guess what a difficult reading experience this was for me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Keating

    I really liked some of his poems. They kinda went for brutal honesty. I hadn't realized right away that he had been a priest. That for me was a pretty compelling backstory. Anyway, I did get the impression that he had given up all familiar things for honesty, and that was refreshing. This was in the late 60's. Glad I read it but don't feel compelled to keep it. I really liked some of his poems. They kinda went for brutal honesty. I hadn't realized right away that he had been a priest. That for me was a pretty compelling backstory. Anyway, I did get the impression that he had given up all familiar things for honesty, and that was refreshing. This was in the late 60's. Glad I read it but don't feel compelled to keep it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Well, I guess I waited too many years before reading this book. It was wildly popular in Calif., in the 80's, when I lived there. It is just too dated now, which means it isn't really great poetry if it didn't age well. Its pretty romantic & flowery. Not a great book. Well, I guess I waited too many years before reading this book. It was wildly popular in Calif., in the 80's, when I lived there. It is just too dated now, which means it isn't really great poetry if it didn't age well. Its pretty romantic & flowery. Not a great book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn (in SC) C234D

    I don't read very much poetry, but I noted at the time that I found many of these poems moving. They may deserve four stars rather than three, but I didn't do a rating way back then, and I just can't say now. I don't read very much poetry, but I noted at the time that I found many of these poems moving. They may deserve four stars rather than three, but I didn't do a rating way back then, and I just can't say now.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jana

    Wonderful poems with a different slant to them. Made me do some deeper thinking about the world around me and those in it that are also struggling to understand life.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rubes

    “Well I’m lonely now but my heart is free”

  19. 5 out of 5

    Isaac

    Many awesome and meaningful poems. I am not big into poetry, but this really spoke to me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    David H.

    Favourite poet. Beautiful words, wondrous.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sabareesh Sundaravel

    5* for The poem about Maria, the lonely prostitute. otherwise it didn't strike a chord. 5* for The poem about Maria, the lonely prostitute. otherwise it didn't strike a chord.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenni

    A very good book of poetry from an interesting man.

  23. 5 out of 5

    EAL

    Some poems I really liked, some were "eh". I don't like Kavanaugh's style enough to seek out more of his poetry. Some poems I really liked, some were "eh". I don't like Kavanaugh's style enough to seek out more of his poetry.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Joynton

    Read this years ago, but recall it being one of my favorites.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne

    came across this via bloglandia...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Julian Morelli

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hailley

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christina

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan

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