From Kay’s Journal: The Tight Fists of Peonies

  This morning, the tight fists of the peonies are getting ready to break my heart as the sun rises, as the sun strokes them with his old buttery fingers…. –Mary Oliver, Peonies   It’s been a chilly spring in the Rockies with tumultuous weather (snow on my mid-May birthday!

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Poem of the Month: The Yellow Tulip

  The Yellow Tulip For weeks it struggled through the hard crust of the spring earth and a foot of air Just to be scorched by the sun jolted by raindrops blasted by the wind But on this gentle May morning as it opens yellow petals to the sky Nothing

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Poem of the Month: How to Eat a Poem

It’s April! And that means it’s National Poetry Month in the US! To “let the wild rumpus begin,” we’ll kick off the month with Eve Merriam’s classic “How to Eat a Poem.” And all month, the prompts in the Prompt Jar will be drawn from snippets from poems. If you’re

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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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Prompt Jar: Jan 27-Feb 2

From our good friends at Holiday Insights come a selection of goofy holidays and celebrations to provide inspiration for this week’s prompts. Let the wild rumpus begin!   Mon, Jan 27: Punch the Clock Day Today check in with your schedule or calendar. What’s your overall balance?  Where are your

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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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Member Spotlight: Nathan Ohren’s JournalTalk Up for Best-of-Web!

Our Journalverse member Nathan Ohren, of Write4Life and the JournalTalk podcast (on which several Journalverse members, such as Barbara Stahura, Ruth Folit and Joan Leof, have already been featured, and I’m upcoming) has been nominated for a Best-of-the-Web award! Congratulations, Nathan! And he needs your votes today through

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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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