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 Dee Galloway

When discussing the poetry created by African Americans just prior to the Civil War, another African tradition comes into play: that of the West African griot. In West African culture, both historically and today, each tribal clan has had its griot, an itinerant clan member who is combination historian-musician-storyteller: "A Griot is an oral historian and musician," explains Foday Musa Suso, one of West Africa 's most respected and well-known contemporary griots...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: In her essay Dee Galloway remarks: "when a griot dies, a library has burned to the ground", Learn more about the African-American oral tradition of poetry and the importance of history as it informs the present.

 

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by Boris Pasternak

Snow is falling: snow is falling.

Geranium flowers reach

for the blizzard’s small white stars

past the window’s edge...

 

Editor's Note from Tomasz Czepaitis: "Snow is falling" - seemingly simple poem which I count as one of the most meditative poems in world poetry. Yes, snow is falling, letting us forget all bad things and cover our losses, simply standing by the window, watching how it flows: maybe the years and even the centuries pass like this snow?

 

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by Kristina Chew
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com

Before there was writing, before there was prose, certainly way before there were such things as 140 character “tweets” and “status updates,” there was poetry...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: If you hated poetry in high school this article will give you some new reasons to read and write poetry again!

 

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by Naomi Shihab Nye

Turning the calendar page may put the old year behind but it also signals a new beginning. Tradition demands that we start the New Year by filling our calendars with resolutions; things like commitments to projects long ignored, renewed focus on personal change, new goals to be achieved. But what if we started the New Year Fresh?...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Here's a refreshing look at a new way to enter the New Year - no more resolutions, no more lists just a new awakening and clean movement into a new place in time. Writing prompts follow the poem. Enjoy!

 

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by David Servan-Schreiber
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com

Has your physician ever asked you to write about the worst day of your life? Probably not. Yet the Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a clinical study showing that writing can have a big impact on physical symptoms...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: "Prescribing story writing for medical purposes is a time-honored way of treating post-traumatic stress disorder and depressive conditions." Here is some up-to-date research info on the health benefits of writing.

 

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by Lucille Clifton

i am running into a new year
and the old years blow back
like a wind
that i catch in my hair...

 

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by Keturah Israel

Venus was in the habit of waking up in the morning, looking at herself in the mirror, and fearlessly affirming, “I am good. I am love. I am God.”

This affirmation was the direct advice of her teacher who told Venus to find herself in the mirror’s reflection, to look intently into her eyes daily, and know that she is whole...

 

 

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Editor’s Note from Susan de Wardt: Poetry and writing is becoming more and more accepted as a modality for prisoner rehabilitation. In this TED video clip, Kosal Khiev, poet, tattoo artist, and survivor of the US prison system, tells how spoken word became his creative channel to tell his own story and transform his anger, regrets, and experiences into a poetic art form.

 

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by Michele Berstein

I packed it very carefully

Then added a ribbon of red

So no one would mistake it...

 

Editor's Note: Michele Bernstein shares a frustrating and funny poem about loosing her luggage and more...

 

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Art from Ashes is a Colorado non-profit facilitating therapeutic poetry and creative arts workshops for high-risk youth. For more information please visit our website at www.artfromashes.org

 

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by Irving Karchmar

The moon is always full
Our human eyes
See only its phases...

 

Editor's Note from Tomasz Czepaitis: "The Moon is always Full" reminds us that we usually see the world fragmentally, "in snippets", not the whole picture. Indeed, the simple truth that we see the moon changing, when it's only its' phases, and the moon itself remains round or full always, can add to our understanding of love's labours lost as a necessary period, dynamics of Love, which we wrongly saw as a crash of all hopes and maybe a cause for the suicide. Or that we were wrong when angry at somebody because we didn't see the roots or the crown of the situation. It takes time, always, and patience, to go through "phases" of our distresses and see the wholeness. Then we are rewarded.

 

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by Harriet Hodgson, BS, MA

Disappointment and sadness are part of life, yet they are hard to accept. These feelings can change your thinking. You are plagued by “what if” questions and may even question your identity. I questioned my identity after four family members died in 2007...

 

Editor's Note: If you've never written affirmations before, allow Harriet Hodgson to be your guide.

 

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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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