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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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Poem of the Month: February 2015 – Hitch Haiku, Gary Snyder

This brief poem, from a larger work by Gary Snyder called Hitch Haiku (written in the 1970s, so you can infer context) has been a “mentor poem” for me in recent months. It companions me through my day and offers its wise guidance when I am at a crossroads, in

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Poem of the Month: January 2015 – We look with uncertainty, Anne Hillman

The Journalverse is all about finding the threads that weave us together, both as a community of writers and an association of facilitators and practitioners. It is my dream for the Journalverse that anyone who is [curious, interested, passionate] about the role of writing for [healing, growth, change] will find her or his way, and […]

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Poem of the Month: December 2014 – The Coming of Light, Mark Strand

The poet and former US Poet Laureate Mark Strand died over Thanksgiving weekend, at the age of 80. In a 1998 interview with the Paris Review, Strand confided that “he writes in longhand and delays typing for as long as possible, he explains, because ‘when I read a poem

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Poem of the Month, November: Praise Song, Barbara Crooker

Here we are in November, the transition month between autumn and winter, the month of generosity, gratitude, and abundance. Let us  sing praises!   Praise Song Praise the light of late November, the thin sunlight that goes deep in the bones. Praise the crows chattering in the oak trees; though

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Poem of the Month, Oct 2014: Autumn, Rainer Maria Rilke

It’s been nearly six weeks since my mom died. The season has turned; the Colorado aspen are bright golden and the maples and honey locusts and elms are starting to decorate my garden with their colorful leaves. The initial feeling of spinning in space has yielded to a quiet, almost

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Poem of the Month, Sept 2014: In Blackwater Woods, Mary Oliver

  The poem of the month for September is dedicated to my sweet mom, who peacefully passed away on August 22 at the age of 91. My two sisters and I were with her. As it always does in difficult times, poetry came to me and walked beside me. The

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Poem of the Month Aug 2014: Philosophy in Warm Weather, Jane Kenyon

Philosophy in Warm Weather Now all the doors and windows are open, and we move so easily through the rooms. Cats roll on the sunny rugs, and a clumsy wasp climbs the pane, pausing to rub a leg over her head. All around physical life reconvenes. The molecules of our

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Poem of the Month, July 2014: Vacation, Rita Dove

Vacation I love the hour before takeoff, that stretch of no time, no home but the gray vinyl seats linked like unfolding paper dolls. Soon we shall be summoned to the gate, soon enough there’ll be the clumsy procedure of row numbers and perforated stubs—but for now I can look

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Poem of the Month, June 2014: Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou

Dedicated to a phenomenal woman, Maya Angelou, 1928-2014 Phenomenal Woman Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of

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