Happiness is an Art Form by Agnes Török
by Agnes Török
Award-winning poet and TED speaker Agnes Török spent a year living according to current happiness research, and then wrote a poetry collection about what she had learnt. This is a personal book. A political book. A book about human experiences.
Happiness Is An Art Form is a reflection on what makes our lives good and how we can best equip ourselves to get through difficulty – trauma, mental ill health, illness, you name it. Török speaks about them all, with joy, clarity, and humour.
This is a book about you. It is an invitation to think about your life – your good times and your bad, your joys and your challenges. To think about if there is anything you could do, big or small, that could add more joy to your life. Anything that could make the challenges a bit more manageable. Don’t worry, you’ll have a whole book to help you make up your mind.
It is time to buy the book and start.
“Happiness Is An Art Form takes nothing for granted. It's a rare thing for a contemporary poetrycollection to consider its audience so generously, to seriously question why writing matters without fearand without compromise. It remembers that poetry has work to do besides the merely aesthetic; it asserts that, in the face of austerity and hate-speech, learning how to live gracefully is a radical act.”
Award-winning poetry critic
“Agnes Török employs a sharp blade to dissect happiness in these poems. Humour and pain trip lightly along lines which ache with recognisable truths, and the warmth and wit which has delighted audiences shines through.”
StAnza International Poetry Festival