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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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February Poem of the Month: Democracy, Langston Hughes

For Black History Month, here is the poem Democracy first published in 1949 by the great poet Langston Hughes. A multi-creative whose work spanned four decades (mid-1920s to his 1967 death), Hughes is best known for his prolific poetry. He also wrote 15 prose books and 11

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January Poem of the Month: A Ritual to Read to Each Other

US Poet Laureate William Stafford was known for his commitment to community and his passion for peaceful conflict resolution. This gem has been one of my mentor poems for nearly 20 years. After the Columbine shootings in my community, I realized that Stafford embedded a directive in the title: This

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