WRITING & POETRY THERAPY

What is Writing & Poetry Therapy? Intentional use of written and spoken word for healing and personal growth. Rich in imagery, emotion, and metaphor, poetry provides unique opportunities for self-discovery and is a catalyst for healing and self-integration. Therapeutic Poetry – Poetry, as therapy, is the use of written and spoken word for healing and personal growth. For more information about poetry as therapy & healing poetry, visit All Thing Healing online today!

What is Writing & Poetry Therapy?
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(Asst Editor: Tomasz Czepaitis) Life Coach, writer and artist, Susan de Wardt is a specialist in the use of transformative language, story and art to unleash full creative potentia...
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Susan de Wardt, CAPF, CJF
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by Quinn McDonald

New journals are exciting–the possibility, the fresh approach, the hope you will be as filled with opportunity as the journal is filled with pages. And then that clutch of fear: the. first. page...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Are you afraid of the blank page?  Let creativity coach Quinn McDonald help you break through your barrier to self-expression!

 

 

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by Karen Weintraub

Q. What connection do you see between the two sides of your life, poetry and medicine?

A. To my mind the two are inextricably interrelated. When we take care of patients we are immersed in stories, in language, in metaphor...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Poet-Doctor Rafael Campo provides perspective on the relationship between poetry and healing.

 

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by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The essay is the only literary form which confesses, in its very name, that the rash act known as writing is really a leap in the dark. When men try to write a tragedy, they do not call the tragedy a try-on...

 

Editor's Note from Tomasz Czepaitis: I know... proposing Americans to write an essay looks like explaining a shoemaker how to make shoes. Essays are the necessary part of academic activity, of contemporary education. You describe “in your own words” some outline, you prepare for exams, you write sketches for a newspaper. But this is what an Essay became after naturalization in USA. Primarily, from Michel de Montaigne, who was the first in this field (XVI century) it was just an attempt to say or meditate on anything (from French “essayer”  - to try)...

 

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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: In this clip, poet David Whyte speaks about his inspiration for the poem "The Journey" and its message of making space for new beginnings. Speaking his own poetry, the words become magical.

 

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by Barbara Stahura

Most family members caring for a loved one with a serious injury, illness, or condition are extremely stressed; many times they fall prey to illness and some even die while their care recipient is still alive. I understand.

 

When my husband suffered a serious brain injury in 2003, caring for him led me to be diagnosed with secondary traumatic stress. Fortunately, he was able to recover and become independent over time, which meant I could recover, too...

 

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by Laura J. Shore

My latest collection of poems, Water Over Stone, IP Press was recently launched. As I read aloud to an audience, words I have wrestled with for years, I ponder the long process that took raw emotion and language and refined it into something I am at last ready to share...

 

Editor´s Note from Susan de Wardt: The process of birthing a poem can be exciting and a little daunting. Laura Shore shares her intimate experience with bringing poetry into the world. If you've been wondering how to write poetry or when to share your writing with the public, this article is for you!

 

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by Robert C. Jameson, MFT

You have probably noticed that it seems a little crazy out there in the world these days.  I hope you’re enjoying the chaos.  Worrying and stressing about all the issues that we are faced with during these times doesn’t seem to be helping.  So, we might as well enjoy the process...

 

Editor's Note: Grab a pen and starting making a list of all of those things in your like causing you to feel chaotic, anxious, and maybe even a bit fearful. Once your list is finished read each one aloud to yourself with the line, "This is fun!" after each one. Then watch your energy shift.

 

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by Ted Kooser

Poetry has room for everything and everybody, for every subject and object. Here’s a poem by Sharon Chmielarz, a Minnesota poet, on a subject I’ve never seen written about. And poetry, and American Life in Poetry in particular, now welcomes pillow cleaners...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Poets often write just for the fun of it, recording something ordinary that happened during the day.  This poems can trigger memories for us of better times, or of beloved objects (as this poem did for me - I so loved my little feather pillow when I was a child).  Read a poem today to life your spirit.  Write your own poem about something ordinary or even about something special.

 

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by Ted Kooser

Here’s another lovely poem to honor the caregivers among us. Amy Fleury lives and teaches in Louisiana.

Ablution


Because one must be naked to get clean,
my dad shrugs out of his pajama shirt,
steps from his boxers and into the tub
as I brace him, whose long illness
has made him shed modesty too...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Caregiving for aging parents is an especially difficult time for many adults.  We must witness the frailty of our parents and assist them with daily activities such as bathing and dressing.  Finding the courage to accomplish this task with dignity may be challenging. If you are a caregiver, this poem, 'Ablution",by Amy Fleury may give you comfort.

 

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by Ted Kooser

One of Grant Wood’s earliest paintings is of a pair of old shoes, and it hangs in the art museum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Wood grew up. Here’s a different kind of still life, in words, from Jim Daniels, who lives in Pittsburgh. The shoes we put on our feet gradually become like the person wearing them...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Sometimes in life we face unique challenges, not the least of which are medical procedures.  In this poem MRI poet Jackie Fox describes just such an experience. Writing about medical exams in a funny way can help diminish anxiety while at the same time validating our experience.

 

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Editor's Note: Enjoy poetry across the globe!

 

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by Jon York

So many words looking for a home
or just a page to rest upon
or a rhyme to complete or a poem
that they can call home
as they look forward to the beauty
of the next moment or the next hour
and as they sink roots
into the present
their strength grows
as they think about
tomorrow...

 
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: These poems on writing express how poetry helps Jon York deal with the experience of PTSD.

 

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by Mary Oliver

This poem by Mary Oliver asks you to look more closely at the world around you. After reading this poem, notice how you pay attention to life. Do you know how to be idle?  What are the questions that tumble into your mind as you relax on a perfect summer day? Let Mary Oliver help you discover the answer...

 

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