Kay’s Journal: 11 Ways to Get Out of Your Head

Last week’s Women’s Circle, Women’s Story writing retreat was a deep dive into healing of body, psyche,and spirit for the nine brave souls who “risk(ed) everything for the raw recipe of (their) passion” (from the poem “Pumpernickel” by Philip Schultz). One morning, in our

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Poem of the Month Aug 2014: Philosophy in Warm Weather, Jane Kenyon

Philosophy in Warm Weather Now all the doors and windows are open, and we move so easily through the rooms. Cats roll on the sunny rugs, and a clumsy wasp climbs the pane, pausing to rub a leg over her head. All around physical life reconvenes. The molecules of our

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From Kay’s Journal: In the landscape of my soul… A group poem

Yesterday at the Journalverse our LIVE! with Kay guest was Mary Reynolds Thompson, talking about  how the landscapes of the natural world are archetypes for our inner landscapes. She led us on a magnificent three-part write that culminated in a round of profound sharing,

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Poem of the Month, July 2014: Vacation, Rita Dove

Vacation I love the hour before takeoff, that stretch of no time, no home but the gray vinyl seats linked like unfolding paper dolls. Soon we shall be summoned to the gate, soon enough there’ll be the clumsy procedure of row numbers and perforated stubs—but for now I can look

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From Kay’s Journal: Sounding Off on Amazon

I’m spending this weekend as substitute caregiver for my 91-year-old mom (she lives with my sister) and my two teenaged nephews while the usual adults are away. Mom is increasingly frail in body and memory, although there’s nothing wrong with her mind – she does a cryptogram and crossword puzzle

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Poem of the Month, June 2014: Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou

Dedicated to a phenomenal woman, Maya Angelou, 1928-2014 Phenomenal Woman Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of

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From Kay’s Journal: The Tight Fists of Peonies

  This morning, the tight fists of the peonies are getting ready to break my heart as the sun rises, as the sun strokes them with his old buttery fingers…. –Mary Oliver, Peonies   It’s been a chilly spring in the Rockies with tumultuous weather (snow on my mid-May birthday!

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Poem of the Month: The Yellow Tulip

  The Yellow Tulip For weeks it struggled through the hard crust of the spring earth and a foot of air Just to be scorched by the sun jolted by raindrops blasted by the wind But on this gentle May morning as it opens yellow petals to the sky Nothing

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Poem of the Month: How to Eat a Poem

It’s April! And that means it’s National Poetry Month in the US! To “let the wild rumpus begin,” we’ll kick off the month with Eve Merriam’s classic “How to Eat a Poem.” And all month, the prompts in the Prompt Jar will be drawn from snippets from poems. If you’re

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Poem of the Month, March 2014: Ask Me, William Stafford

This poem, written on December 11, 1974 (according to Stafford’s handwritten journal, where he wrote a poem every morning) has sustained me through so many difficult life experiences that I can’t even count them. It is for me what my poetry therapy friend Gayle Nosal calls a “mentor poem” —

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