Archive | Poem of the Month

Poem of the Day, April 28: Writing My Escape, Robb Jackson

Living on the Hurricane Coast contains poems, arranged in five sections, that stem from Robb Jackson’s transition from his northern roots to South Texas. The poems originate from Jackson’s daily journal writing and are informed by close observation of the place he called home, Corpus Christi and the surrounding Coastal Bend of the Gulf of […]

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Poem of the Day, April 26: Night Light, Kate Barnes

Pastoral, narrative, deliberately lyrical, the poetry of Kate Barnes is set solidly in the rural Maine countryside, and in the literary tradition in which she was raised (her father was Henry Beston, her mother Elizabeth Coatsworth). There she lives near the house that Beston made famous in Northern Farm, drawing strength and inspiration from the coastal […]

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Poem of the Day, April 25: A Dozen Reasons to Give Up Haggling over the Price of Weavings, Roseann Lloyd

Because of the Light is by my poet-friend Roseann Lloyd, who I met through her wonderful book co-authored with Richard Solly, JourneyNotes: Writing for Recovery and Spiritual Growth. In this collection, Roseann enters the lives of people on several continents, then creates poems that balance and juxtapose northern and southern light; lyric joy and reports of injustice; […]

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Poem of the Day, April 24: Freestanding, Carol Dine

Living on the Margins: Women Writers on Breast Cancer is a literary anthology of breast cancer with a distinguished list of 18 contributors, all writers–poets, critics, academics, editors, essayists. Their writing, wide-ranging in genre, style, and tone, includes personal narratives, poetry, academic essays, and an interview. Contributors include Maxine Kumin, Safiya Henderson-Holmes, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, […]

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Poem of the Day, April 23: Van Gogh’s Night, James L. Foy

Jim Foy was an esteemed scholar and professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine for nearly forty years. He mentored two generations of medical students, including my dear poetry therapy  colleague, psychiatrist Steve Rojcewicz. And that is how I knew Jim, through my friendship with Steve and the larger Washington DC poetry therapy […]

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Poem of the Day, April 22: Lily, Susannah W. Simpson

“In Geography of Love and Exile, Susannah Simpson explores the deepest of human desires: to belong to this world. Through language translucent with longing, she introduces us to her many worlds…To read this remarkable collection is to explore how the places in our lives shape who we are–and sometimes, if we are fortunate, help us to […]

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Poem of the Day, April 21: A New Day, Louise Mathewson

A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury is a collection of poems chronicling Louise Mathewson’s recovery from traumatic brain injury, along with a list of journal therapy writing prompts and other resources she found helpful in transcending trauma. Louise holds a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in Chicago. She has always loved to […]

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