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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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December Poem of the Month: Winter Trees, William Carlos Williams

Enjoy this lovely poem from William Carlos Williams, an early 20th century poet who, with Ezra Pound, Hilda Doolittle (H.D.), and others, formed the core of what became the Imagist movement. From  the Poetry Foundation: “While correlative revolutionary movements had begun in painting (Cezanne), music (Stravinsky),

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November Poem of the Month: As Moths to Light, Vanessa Jackson

This month’s poem is an unpublished beauty from my friend Vanessa Jackson, best known for her short stories (Small Displacements,  What I Cannot Say to You) and novels (The Anthropologist’s Daughter, The Revolving Year) but also an accomplished poet. It’s for all of us who

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October Poem of the Month: I Want to Write Something So Simply, Mary Oliver

This month’s poem of the month comes from Mary Oliver, a remarkable poet whohas won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for her poetry. She is well-known for her nature images, her simple yet powerful language, and the spirituality that weaves its way

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Poem of the Month: Landscape by Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver is surely one of America’s favorite poets–a Google search on “Mary Oliver poetry” brings up nearly 2 million pages! In poetry therapy circles, she is one of the most consistently referenced poets for her

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Poem of the Month: For a New Beginning, John O’Donohue

I adjourned the poetry therapy intensive on Friday. This poem is one we worked with during the week. It comes from John O’Donohue’s posthumously published book, To Bless the Space Between Us, and it is, like all others in the volume, a blessing poem. Think about a beginning, a fresh

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Poem of the Month: A Spiral Notebook, Ted Kooser

July’s Poem of the Month is inspired by journals– our reason for coming together in community at the Journalverse. Ted Kooser, US Poet Laureate 2004-06, is known for his accessible, folksy wisdom. He once said of his own work , “I write for other people with the hope that I can help

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Poem of the Month: Perfection Wasted, John Updike

The May poem of the month is dedicated to Journalverse friend Dale Swan, who in February shared her story of writing her memoir, My Life as Compost, as a final ode to her life. Dale lived with inoperable cancer since 2013 and died

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April Poem of the Month: Celebrating National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! The Journalverse welcomes back Perie Longo, former poet laureate of Santa Barbara, CA and marriage/family therapist, registered poetry therapist, and author of four books of poetry (her latest, Baggage Claim, was published by WordTech Editions last year). Perie teaches privately and facilitates weekly poetry writing groups for Hospice and

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March Poem of the Month: Prayer for Joy

The National Association for Poetry Therapy’s Museletter is the source of March’s poem and prompts.  NAPT’s annual conference is coming up April 23-26 at Blue Ridge Assembly near Asheville, NC. It is preceded April 20-22 by an intensive poetry therapy immersion experience  led by master mentor/supervisor (and my

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