Author Archive | Melissa Benjamin

Poem of the Day, April 20: When I was 58, Patricia L. Grant

Pat Grant was an extraordinary woman who flourished under the most challenging of cirumstances. When I met her, she was new to Denver and eager to start training in poetry therapy. She asked me to serve as her mentor/supervisor and began the long journey for certification as an applied poetry

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Poem of the Day, April 14: A Light in the Place, Jennifer Bosveld

In Prayers to Protest: Poems That Center & Bless Us, there are rants and protests. But mostly, there are poems, however you might label them, that have centered and blessed those who penned them. There are paradise islands here upon which to get lost and found again. These subjects

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Poem of the Day, April 13: Wander, Sibyl Dana Reynolds

Radiantly illustrated by Pulitzer Prize winning graphic artist Karen Blessen,  Be An Angel defines our divine guardians’ personalities and missions and provides a wealth of tips on how to be an angel here on earth. The book includes nineteen angels, including the Angels of Nature, Children, the Traveler, Friends. I

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Poem of the Day,April 8: Adia’Zalika, Antonia

Above the Water of My Sorrows contains poetry by youth in King County juvenile detention in Seattle. The poetry was facilitated by Pongo Teen Writing, a trauma-informed poetry program that enables youth to write therapeutic personal poetry about difficult childhood experiences, including experiences of abuse, neglect, and exposure to violence.

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Poem of the Day, April 7: I Want to Tell You How Beautiful You Are, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Reading the Body is a collection of poetry about breast cancer and finding ways to reinhabit the body. The  journey progresses from diagnosis through chemotherapy and surgeries to healing. These poems speak to what it is to be a body facing issues of mortality as well as exploring what

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Poem of the Day, April 6: Wheelchairs That Kneel Down Like Elephants, Karen Fiser

“The poems of Karen Fiser astonish me with their honesty, alert wisdom, and exquisitely tender strength. She writes from a crucial place. I love the delicious startle of her images, the bravery of connections, the clear, sharp gaze…” -Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Yellow Glove, on Words Like Fate and

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Poem of the Day, April 5: My Family Tree, Alicia

From Here, There & Everywhere: Poems of Origin & Hope by Clarendon Elementary 2007-2008 5th Grade Students is a compilation of poems by children directly affected by the June 2007 ICE raid at the Fresh Del Monte food processing facility in Portland, Oregon and their classmates. The collection is edited

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Coffeehouse: Holiday Plans

December 18, 2017.   Imagine us all in a vintage coffeehouse, sprawled on sprung couches  around wobbly tables, our journals out, classic rock (country, punk, pop, fill in your own blank) pouring out of the stereo speakers mounted on the wall. We’re writing to the same prompt and then

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Prompt Jar: Thanksgiving

  Thanksgiving is my personal Olympics. In another life I would be a professional chef, but in this one I’m just a girl who–almost entirely on her own–cooks elaborate dishes for sixteen people. If you’d like to see how deep this insanity goes, here’s

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Prompt Jar: Halloween

  I love Halloween. I love the candy, costumes, and the spooky miasma hanging over it all. I love the associated humor (see SNL’s David Pumpkins and 30 Rock’s Werewolf Bar Mitzvah) and the associated horror. Here’s a week of Halloween prompts

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