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Poem of the Month, March 2014: Ask Me, William Stafford

This poem, written on December 11, 1974 (according to Stafford’s handwritten journal, where he wrote a poem every morning) has sustained me through so many difficult life experiences that I can’t even count them. It is for me what my poetry therapy friend Gayle Nosal calls a “mentor poem” —

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February Poem of the Month: Everything I’ve Ever Known

This poem of Amy Christman’s is a favorite among poetry therapists for its rich exploration of memory. Amy is a poet and librarian in Tonawanda, New York. For nearly 20 years, we have been in an online journal group together, and I have watched dozens of her poems emerge

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Poem of the Month, Jan 2014: Invocation, Jeanne Lohmann

Poetry therapist and Journalverse member Wendi Kaplan of Alexandria VA sent this poem as her New Year’s blessing.  I offer it, through Wendi, to you, and invite you to read the poem aloud to yourself (or another), and then choose a writing prompt. [spacer height=”30″ mobile_hide=”true”]Invocation Let us try what it is

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Poem of the Month: First Snow, Mary Oliver

This month’s poem comes from the inimitable Mary Oliver, from her collection American Primitive. Our abundant thanks go to Ms. Oliver for letting us see the world through her eyes…     First Snow The snow began here this morning and all day continued, its white rhetoric everywhere calling us

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Poem of the Month, Nov 2013: Kindness, Naomi Shihab Nye

I’m teaching my class, Writing and Healing, for the University of Denver’s Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS). This fall it’s the online version, with 14 lovely and lively students from all over the US, most studying for a Master’s in creative writing. Last week we studied the chapter

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Poem of the Month: Initiation Song from the Finder’s Lodge

Today is the launch of the Journalverse! It has been nine months in the making…. it has taken a team of six paid servant-leaders and dozens of volunteers…. it is a labor of love …. and it begins today! As Linda Barnes, president of the National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy

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Poem of the Month, Sept 2013: Postscript

Seamus Heaney, often described as the greatest Irish poet since William Butler Yeats, died August 30 at the age of 74.  Heaney won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. The Washington Post writes: “He left behind a half-century’s body of work that sought to capture the essence of his

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Poem of the Month: Aug 2013: From Blossoms

One of my near-daily delights this late summer is stopping by the produce stand just up the street from my house to get three fresh, succulent peaches straight from the local orchards. I eat one on my oatmeal every morning and snack on one before bed each night. So no

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