Poem of the Day, April 24: Freestanding, Carol Dine

Living on the Margins: Women Writers on Breast Cancer is a literary anthology of breast cancer with a distinguished list of 18 contributors, all writers–poets, critics, academics, editors, essayists. Their writing, wide-ranging in genre, style, and tone, includes personal narratives, poetry, academic essays, and an interview. Contributors include Maxine Kumin,

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Poem of the Day, April 23: Van Gogh’s Night, James L. Foy

Jim Foy was an esteemed sEdit Edit date and timecholar and professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine for nearly forty years. He mentored two generations of medical students, including my dear poetry therapy  colleague, psychiatrist Steve Rojcewicz. And that is how I knew Jim, through

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Poem of the Day, April 22: Lily, Susannah W. Simpson

“In Geography of Love and Exile, Susannah Simpson explores the deepest of human desires: to belong to this world. Through language translucent with longing, she introduces us to her many worlds…To read this remarkable collection is to explore how the places in our lives shape who we are–and sometimes,

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Poem of the Day, April 21: A New Day, Louise Mathewson

A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury is a collection of poems chronicling Louise Mathewson’s recovery from traumatic brain injury, along with a list of journal therapy writing prompts and other resources she found helpful in transcending trauma. Louise holds a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University

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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 19: Vacation on the Body of Christ’s Beach, Susannah W. Simpson

“In Geography of Love and Exile, Susannah Simpson explores the deepest of human desires: to belong to this world. Through language translucent with longing, she introduces us to her many worlds… To read this remarkable collection is to explore how the places in our lives shape who we are–and

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Poem of the Day, April 18: Incident, Natasha Tretheway

Through elegiac verse that honors her mother and tells of her own fraught childhood, Natasha Trethewey confronts the racial legacy of her native Deep South–where one of the first black regiments, the Louisiana Native Guards, was called into service during the Civil War. Trethewey’s resonant and beguiling collection is a

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Poem of the Day, April 17: Zarzyski Meets the Copenhagen Angel, Paul Zarzyski

Paul Zarzyski (“rhymes with bar whiskey”) left his Hurley, Wisconsin home ground in the fall of ’73 for Missoula, where he studied creative writing at the University of Montana, received his MFA degree, and later taught. While teaching in The Program and riding bareback broncs on the ProRodeo Circuit, he

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Poem of the Day, April 16: River Burial, Cathy Sosnowksy

Holding On: Poems for Alex is a collection of poems for a teenage son who died. It is prefaced by an eloquent prose account of the author’s personal grief journey. Written eight years after the accidental death of her only birth child, this collection describes her initial suicidal despair and

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Poem of the Day, April 15: Tell Me More (Part I), Carolyn Jennings

Hunger Speaks: a memoir told in poetry is the story of reclaiming a life from an eating disorder. The poems are a series of doors opened, first to see and speak secrets, hidden and repressed, silenced under the eating compulsions—and then through the spiral journey into new ways to live. 

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