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December Poem of the Month: Anthem, Leonard Cohen

  excerpts from Anthem  The birds they sang at the break of day Start again I heard them say Don’t dwell on what has passed away or what is yet to be. Ah the wars they will be fought again The holy dove

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November Poem of the Month: Praise What Comes, Jeanne Lohmann

  There are poems that immediately bring me to tears. Much of this is the language, images, messages, beauty of an effective poem. And sometimes an even larger part is my personal history with the poem, the many circles I’ve sat in with the poem as my companion and co-facilitator, the embodied memories

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October Poem of the Month: I, Too, Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was born and raised in the midwest at the cusp of the 20th century. He began writing poetry as a teen and published his first book of poetry, The Weary Blues (Knopf, 1926), in which this poem was included, at the age of 24. “Hughes,

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September Poem of the Month: Hope it’s True by Denise Levertov

September 11 marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that changed America forever. Although for most of us the trauma of that day has subsided, it’s unlikely that any of us will forget where we were, who we were with, and what we were doing when we watched

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Poem of the Month Aug 2016: Flounder, Natasha Trethewey

As keynote poet, Natasha Trethewey electrified the Journal Conference crowd with her incisive social commentary birthed from her perspective as a biracial (black social worker mother, white poetry professor father) woman and poet. This small story poem captures Natasha’s grace with metaphor and form.     Flounder Here, she

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July Poem of the Month: The Peace of Wild Things, Wendell Berry

We live in ever more challenging times. Heartache abounds as the world collides into itself, guns more prevalent than roses, what divides us feeling more omnipresent and powerful than what unites us. Communities and families are broken apart by violence, grief, rage. A friend who works internationally tells me she is

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June Poem of the Month: Variation on a Theme by Rilke, Denise Levertov

The Poem of the Month for June was gifted to me by my business coach, Leia Francisco, after the Journal Conference. She said it seemed to speak to what I might be feeling at the end of a magical, meaningful event–a portal into my next phase of life and work, the

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March Poem of the Month: Female Comic Book Superheroes, Jeannine Hall Gailey

March’s Poem of the Month is an homage to one of the most mysterious, elegant, superheroic women I know, Carolyn Q. of Florida. Carolyn has been struggling with some health problems this year and I hereby invoke her superhero powers to recover her health and restore herself to full vitality!

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Poem of the Month, Feb 2016: i carry your heart, E.E. Cummings

(Source:  The Poetry Foundation’s biography.) The remarkable  E.E. Cummings (1894-1962) experimented with poetic form and language to create a distinct personal style. A Cummings poem is spare and precise, employing a few key words eccentrically placed on the page. Some of these words were invented by Cummings, often

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Poem of the Month: Jan 2016: Prescription for the Disillusioned

Every year my soul sister, poetry therapist Wendi Kaplan of Alexandria, VA, circulates a New Year’s poem. This is her 2016 selection. I love it!    Prescription for the Disillusioned Come new to this day. Remove the rigid overcoat of experience, the notion of knowing, the beliefs that cloud

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