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January Poem: i am running into a new year

  I have a fond and ongoing relationship with this poem. Every New Year’s Day since I saw Lucille Clifton perform as keynote poet at some long-ago NAPT conference, I’ve read this poem and written about it. I invite you into my annual ritual.   i am running into a

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December Poem: Throw Yourself Like Seed

Last week my community of poetry therapy trainers was shocked and saddened at the revelation that our beloved Writers Almanac by Garrison Keillor was no more because of the founder’s sexual improprieties. We gathered online to lament the loss of an outstanding poetic resource and voice. I noted my own

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November Poem of the Month: Wedding

This month’s poem honors the November anniversary date of my dear friends Vanessa (a Journalverse member!) and Robb Jackson. Both English/writing professors, I met them when Robb, an award-winning poet, studied poetry therapy with me and became a brilliant facilitator of therapeutic writing, using poetry and journals in his service

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October Poem of the Month: Song for Autumn

Song for Autumn   In the deep fall don’t you imagine the leaves think how comfortable it will be to touch the earth instead of the nothingness of air and the endless freshets of wind? And don’t you think the trees themselves, especially those with mossy, warm caves, begin to think

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September Poem of the Month: Gate A-4, Naomi Shihab Nye

 Gate A-4 (a prose poem) Wandering around the Albuquerque Airport Terminal, after learning my flight had been delayed four hours, I heard an announcement: “If anyone in the vicinity of Gate A-4 understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.” Well— one pauses these days. Gate A-4 was

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August Poem of the Month: Advice to Writers

Advice to Writers  Even if it keeps you up all night, wash down the walls and scrub the floor of your study before composing a syllable. Clean the place as if the Pope were on his way. Spotlessness is the niece of inspiration. Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate

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July Poem of the Month: Fresh

Fresh  To move cleanly. Needing to be nowhere else. Wanting nothing from any store. To lift something you already had and set it down in a new place. Awakened eye seeing freshly. What does that do to the old blood moving through its channels? –Naomi

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June Poem of the Month: The Summer I Was Sixteen

 The Summer I Was Sixteen The turquoise pool rose up to meet us, its slide a silver afterthought down which we plunged, screaming, into a mirage of bubbles. We did not exist beyond the gaze of a boy. Shaking water off our limbs, we lifted up from ladder rungs

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May Poem of the Month: What I Like and Don’t Like, Philip Schultz

A month ago I had just finished the first of four major events — two conferences and two intensives. I’ve now just finished the third event, the spring training intensive for Journal to the Self certified instructors (I wrote about it in my blog this week) and now I’ve got

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March Poem of the Month: Numbers, Mary Cornish

March is Women’s History Month.  Celebrate! I loved the Academy Awards, especially the surprise twist when Moonlight (the film I thought was the most deserving of Best Picture) ended up winning, even after I long ago resigned myself to a sweep by LaLa Land (which I also enjoyed). But my favorite movie

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