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!

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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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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: A documentary following the first ever Bay Area Unified District Poetry Slam where over 25 high schools created slam teams and competed over two weeks in an amazing display of youth voice, community and explosive poetry! Shot and edited by Jamie DeWolf, additional shooting by Michelantony "Micah" Dunston and Gabriel Hurley. If you don't know about slam poetry or understand it, this video will introduce you to the power of the spoken word. Youth Speaks programs are giving students a voice - and an alternative to violence as a vehicle for self-expression. Watch this and be amazed at the talent and insight.
 

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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Recently, hip-hop has been the subject of much discussion.  Is it poetry?  Is it art? Is it performance? Former US poet laureate Robert Pinsky gives his point of view.

 

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by Glynn Young

It was 1996. I was in a bookstore, likely the Barnes & Noble not far from my house. I spotted a small book with an unexpected title: The Heart Aroused : Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America. The author, David Whyte, was a poet. His book wasn’t about how poetry might apply in the workplace, but how critically important poetry was if corporate America was to flourish and succeed...

 

 

 

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by Carl David

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

 

Editor's Note: As Mary Oliver's poem "The Summer Day" urges, "tell me, what is it that you plan to do with your wild and precious life?" Carl David share's his personal mission of helping to save lives.

 

 

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by Dawn Herring

I love refreshment, and it can come in all sorts of forms and venues. One of my favorites is journaling; it’s one of the first things I do in the morning to get my day off to a fresh start. I use my a.m. journaling time for Morning Pages, that stream of consciousness approach to letting it all out on the page. It releases angst; helps wrap up loose ends from the previous night, and can help me set my goals for the day...

 

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by Sue Ingebretson

When looking for healing treatments, do you think of putting pen to paper? Maybe you should! As a proven stress management tool, journaling may be a great resource to add to your arsenal of healing activities. Journaling has been shown to decrease pain and fatigue associated with chronic inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, asthma, fibromyalgia, and diabetes. Journaling also boosts the immune system while improving cognitive function...

 

Editor's Note: Allow yourself to go on a healing journey, grab a journal and start writing!

 

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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 Joanna Young

Journaling can reduce anxiety in children and provides a way for them to express themselves when the spoken word may not be sufficient (or safe). By learning to write their feelings and deepest thoughts on paper they are learning to tune into themselves...

 

Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Many of us remember our first journal, that special place that we could write down all of our feelings and wishes free from parents and teachers. Where we could spill out everything to crisp blank pages to our trusted confidante, our journal. Consider sharing the gift of journaling with another generation, your children, grandchildren or others; and encourage them to write and scribble to express themselves for fun and healing too.

 

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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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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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