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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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Ted Kooser is one of my very favorite contemporary poets. He has an uncanny knack for turning the ordinary in life into something beautiful. The poems in this reading will bring you smiles, and tears, and recognition of life in mid-western America. His book, The Poetry Home Repair Manual, is a must-have for aspiring poets.

 

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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: In poetry, every word counts. Here poet Robert Pinsky gives us an entertaining peek at his favorite words, their origins and meanings. What's your favorite word?

 

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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it's like to be young and … different. "To This Day," his spoken-word poem about bullying, captivated millions as a viral video (created, crowd-source style, by 80 animators). Here, he gives a glorious, live reprise with backstory and violin accompaniment by Hannah Epperson.

 

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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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Editor's Note from Sue Meyn: Something to think about as we prepare to begin a New Year.

 

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by Susyn Reeve

Addictions are any habitual psychological and/or physiological dependence on substances, thoughts, behaviors, or practices that you cannot easily control. The automatic obsessive thinking and compulsive behavior resulting from your addictions leave little room for making the conscious creative choices that are the hallmarks of an inspired life...

 

Editor's Note: It's time to take out your journal and encourage yourself to identify your automatic thoughts and self-defeating behaviors around your addictions.

 

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Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Enjoy the brilliance of a 9 year boy who uses boxes, tapes, and few other odds and ends to make a magical arcade in East LA's, Smart Parts Auto. Thanks to Nirvan Mullick who filmed the magic and started the viral sensation.

 

 

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by Ruth Folit

What is it about writing that produces the benefits? Pennebaker believes it is more than just the venting or the expressing of strong emotions that help people change. The research shows that the difference is linked to the way people think about the traumatic event, their emotions, and themselves. It seems that writing helps people create a coherent, reasoned story, leading to new meaning and understanding of the given situation...

 

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Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: I've watched this video multiple times, and I ask you, "Where do your ideas come from?"

 

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by Ted Kooser

We human beings think we’re pretty special when compared to the “lower” forms of life, but now and then nature puts us in our place...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: I'm excited to be able to bring you this regular poetry column by former poet laureate Ted Kooser. I met Mr. Kooser at a writers conference in Casper Wyoming several years ago and was inspired by his down-home approach to poetry. Poetry should be accessible and these columns bring you the best for use in your poetry therapy practice, for writing inspiration, or for just plain reading pleasure. I hope you enjoy these peoms.

 

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by Helen Maffini

Keeping a journal is a great way of expressing emotions. The skill of using emotional literacy will be developed as well as better self awareness and self reflection...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Encouraging a child to write in a journal builds self-awareness and emotional literacy. Try these journal ideas with your children or students.

 

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Editor's Note from Tomasz Czepaitis: A fresh video from the Lithuanian Poetry Spring, evening in the artistic Uzhupis district-republic. Michael Augustin, poet from Bremen reads his "Poem about poems" in English, then in native German, then poet A.A.Jonynas reads Lithuanian translation.

 

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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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