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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Susan de Wardt, CAPF, CJF
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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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Editor's Note: Journaling the Raw Radiant Health way with Natasha.


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by Mary Alice Long, PhD

Analytical psychology at its core emphasizes the process of individuation, a life-long process of transformation. Each of us is unique and called to grow in maturity through a process of psychic integration. How can we explore and expand our creativity in the process of individuating?...

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Seattle based Jungian therapist provides poetry and prompts to expand creativity and the process of self-discovery.


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 by Susan L. de Wardt CAPF CJF,

ATH Co-editor of Writing and Poetry Therapy

In the late 80’s Cathie Borrie stopped her own work to care for her mother. She spent the next 7 years as a full-time care-giver, sitting and sitting-- trying to keep busy. Even though her mother had slipped into the shadow world of Alzheimer’s, she still had opinions...

Editor´s Note from Susan de Wardt:
Cathie Borrie gives new perspective on the perception of reality and the process of caring for a loved one with dementia.


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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Edward Hirsch provides succinct information on how to read a poem:  poetry needs you as a reader.  The meaning of a poem exists in the space between poet, poem, and reader. Readers bring their experience to the poem.


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by Koh Jung-hee & Kim Ji-ha

Under the sky even the bruised reed
shakes freely for one season—
if a tree is deeply rooted
even if the trunk is sawed off, new buds sprout.
The bruised souls, let us shake fully,
let us suffer, shaking fully...


Editor's Note from Thomasz Czepaitis: Jiri(-san) is a mountain in the southern region of South Korea, the most loved and one of the three most important mountains there (the mainland highest point), with Hallasan and Seoraksan being the other two. The mountain rises to 1915 metres above sea level. There are 7 buddhist temples on it. Nearly 300 thousand people are visiting it every year. Hundreds of poems are dedicated to it...


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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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