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?
(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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Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Enjoy this short piece honoring all that is Holy. An award-winning film based on a poem written and performed by Derrick Brown. Directed by David and Daniel Holechek. Featuring music by Mogwai.

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by Darla Graves Palmer

Do you love to taste word soup spilling over the moist lip of the kettle? Do you like yours thin and clear or thick and creamy?...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Be inspired to bring your own stream of consciousness to the world through this article on "Word Soup"!


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Editor's Note from Sue Meyn: Julia Cameron has written so effectively about using writing as a path to creativity by using Morning Pages. In this clip she talks about her book, "The Writing Diet". As we enter the holiday season we may all be looking for help in how to manage our eating and dieting more effectively!

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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Invictus " is a short poem by the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849-1903). It was written in 1875 and first published in 1888. Nelson Mandela kept the poem written on a scrap of paper in his prison cell while he was incarcerated. This powerful poem can inspire us to make the best of each day no matter what our circumstance.


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by Sherry Reiter PhD, LCSW

I’m the developer of Poets-Behind-Bars – a unique long distance program in which a dozen poets/inmates at Indiana State Prison (maximum security) are matched with either a poet or poetry therapy trainee who “coaches” or mentors the writing of the poet...


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Poetry and poetry therapy is found all around us, even behind prison walls. Enjoy this piece by Sherry Reiter PhD, LCSW as she explains more about the Poets-behind-Bars program.


Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Helen Maffini

Emotional health is something that all of us want and strive to maintain. It is even more important that we help our children develop into well adjusted and balanced individuals. This can be a challenge as personalities vary and so do circumstances and experiences. Poetry therapy has proved to be a fun and very successful way of helping young ones develop their emotions...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: EQ trainer Helen Maffini writes about how poetry can help our children develop into well adjusted and balanced individuals.


Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Vivé Griffith

For nearly 20 years, Dr. James W. Pennebaker has been giving people an assignment: write down your deepest feelings about an emotional upheaval in your life for 15 or 20 minutes a day for four consecutive days. Many of those who followed his simple instructions have found their immune systems strengthened. Others have seen their grades improved. Sometimes entire lives have changed...


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Would you like to feel happier? Would you like to experience fewer negative thoughts? Then consider experiencing Dr. James Pennebaker’s writing assignment for yourself. All you need is a pen and paper and twenty minutes for four days in a row. Let’s get started…


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by Aidan Koch

Is letter writing a lost art? Does anyone still pick up the pen and compose thoughtful correspondence? Do they send pictures, poems, art? Do you?


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Ready to have some fun?  Pick-up a pen and your favorite notecards and consider writing a letter to a family member, friends, or even to yourself.  People love a handwritten note...try it.

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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Ian Keteku is somewhat of a renaissance man when it comes to story telling. Poet, journalist, and musician, this award-winning artist is committed to using words as both an interpretation of and cure for the human condition. Keteku is also the 2010 World Poetry Slam Champion. Ian recently released his debut spoken word album Lessons From Planet Earth (Re-Evolution.)

Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Dolly Garland

As I’m nearing the end of my 28th personal journal, I was thinking about how much of my life is in these journals, and how they have contributed to my growth. It’s a symbiotic relationship where life feeds journal, and journal feeds life...

Editor´s Note from Susan de Wardt
: 16 more reasons why you should keep a journal:  experienced journal keeper and Kaizen Journal coach Dolly Garland shares Life Lessons discovered while journaling.


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Editor's Note from Tomasz Czepaitis: In this video you will hear a poem by Russian bard, Bulat Okudzhava (who usually sang his poems). It strikes me every time deeper and calms me more (English translation below). There are things we can not change, and, when everything is going worse, sometimes it is wise not to fix it by yourself, but take the Last Trolleybus to somewhere... to feel the shoulders of the fellowmen "wrecked in the night." The poem is also called "The Blue Trolleybus" (In Russian "blue" doesn't stand for Blues, more for Heaven), and this guides us to the whole Therapy Park of such vehicles...


Writing & Poetry Therapy

by Ruth Folit
I spent many happy years parenting—engaged in the process of making decisions that I thought were best for my kids. It’s one of the most rewarding jobs on the planet, but also one of the most demanding and challenging.


Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: They say parenting is one of the most difficult roles in the world; the next time a challenging situation strikes grab your journal and start writing.

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The Summer Day

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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