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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Editor's Note from Thomasz Czepaitis: For most people that are sent to prison, life effectively ends. Yet for poet Dwayne Betts, getting sent to jail for eight years when he was still a high school student was the start of a remarkable journey to become a writer, speaker, and poet. We had an opportunity to interview Dwayne while he was speaking at the Virginia Piper Center for Creative Writing. His story is inspiring and a great reminder of the power of your dreams – writes Christina Cooper, editor of this video.

 

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by Deborah Morrow, MS

I always wanted to be a writer and during some of my drinking sprees, I would open that second bottle of wine, get out pen and paper and start writing what I thought were very important and life changing revelations. These writings seemed to be in the form of letters...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Sound advice for writing through recovery from alcohol addiction by Debbie the Coach.

 

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by Bobbee Cera

Look out the window, and what do you see?
Can you spot the air changing colors, like me?
Do you feel the morn's waking dawn coming on,
Or hear the grass growing, as life moves along?

 

Editor's Note from Blaze, aka Barbara Lazarony:  What do you remember from your youth? Allow Bobbee Cera to give you a glimpse into her childhood world...

 

 

 

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by Sara T. Baker

In my ten years of teaching creative writing to cancer patients, their families and caregivers, one of the most consistent and initially surprising aspects of the work has been that the patient writers want to write not just about the cancer experience, but about other traumatic experiences.  Often, what surfaces in the writing is an experience of growing up with alcoholic parents, or a painful divorce, or the beloved child lost to drugs or estrangement.  Everyone has a story to tell, and, before they were sick, no place or time to tell it...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Sara T. Baker has been conducting Woven Dialogue Workshops with Cancer patients since 2001. Read her thoughts on the efficacy of writing through trauma.

 

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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: This powerful excerpt from the film "Dead Poets Society" passionately inspires us to think about poetry as an expression of life itself.  "What will your verse be?"

 

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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: A rare and beautiful opportunity to experience the meditative quality of poems by Jelaludin Rumi. Rumi is the best-selling poet in American today. Written over 800 years ago, listen to the words of these poems translated and read by Coleman Barks, accompanied by musicians Barry and Shelly Phillips.

 

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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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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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