“Caution: Michael Robbins’ poems are powerful medicine! You may experience dizziness, altered states of consciousness or spontaneous sexual arousal. Reading these poems may cause frequent episodes of Awareness. Certain poems may trigger Neurotransmitter activity resulting in feelings of Unconditional Love. Susceptible individuals may experience temporary loss of ego and flashes of Enlightenment.”
Robert Gerzon, author of Finding Serenity in the Age of Anxiety and the forthcoming Turtle Island
“In Love Like This, artist and psychotherapist Michael Robbins shows a rich philosophical poetic voice. These poems plumb the depts and soar the heights of feeling. Sensual and spiritual, angry and tender, sacred and profane – Michael Robbins is a scholar of the human condition. It is impossible not to Love Like This.”
Robert Fox, MSW, The New England Center For Existential Therapy
“These poems rise from intensity of soul search and celebration and travel the varied landscape of love. They both risk abstraction to gain the high hills of self reflection and descend to the visceral beauty of the holy here and now. These are poems of pilgrimage and awakening, of passion and thanksgiving”
Thomas Yeomans, Ph.D., author of Soul on Earth; Readings in Spiritual Psychology, and On Earth Alive
Michael Robbins’ latest book of poems and paintings is a gift to those who are nourished by the art of spirit. Like sunlight through the trees, this work shines, quietly beautiful and natural. A joy to read!
Sharon Salzberg, author of Loving-Kindness and Real Happiness
Yes! Is a full-throated celebration of Being. Michael’s poetry and painting are spiritual embodiment: presence recorded as whole beingness in the world — unsplit, unapologetic, and unabashed in their naked encounter with the fullness of human intimacy, boldness, sensuality, and freedom. Michael has expertly and deftly joined his twin muses in an open and flowing dialogue of depth and sensitivity, humor and candor, exuberance and light.
Jeff Perrot, Artist
These poems and images leap from the page to touch heart, mind, and soul. From mystic longing to earthy wit, the universe of this work is irreverent, passionate, and alive.
Bestselling author: The New Rules of Marriage
This book is a transmission of a consciousness that seamlessly holds both the deep stillness of luminous emptiness and the fully embodied vitality of a unique and colorful life. In words and images, Michael takes us from the arms of the Divine Beloved to the finite joys and difficulties of loving real people and places. A compelling celebration of the journey of Being and Becoming filled with wisdom, compassion and presence.
Thomas Hubl, author of Sharing the Presence
Making poems is an act of love, faith – unstinting beauty- and wild truth. Michael Robbins has done a brilliant job of it in YES! Robbins’ work fuses spiritual practice, boho artist, fathering and long married life into laser-light insights of clean, well-crafted language. These are poems of passionate, alert wisdom, deliciously rich in all the important questions. The paintings are juicy, alive…and complement the poems perfectly.
Judyth Hill, Poet