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 Federico Garcia Lorca

Green, how I want you green.
Green wind. Green branches.
The ship out on the sea
and the horse on the mountain.
With the shade around her waist
she dreams on her balcony,
green flesh, her hair green,
with eyes of cold silver...

 

Editor's Note from Thomasz Czepaitis: This poem caught me in my young years as the best love poem I've ever read. Thanks, of course, to the excellent Russian translation by the now late A. Geleskul (I am half Russian) but the hard emotional rhythm of the flamenco guitar is heard in the Spanish original even by the stranger, and the images, colored with Green... are vivid as paintings, as films, so strong is its influence on listener.

 

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by Wendy Videlock

I should be diligent and firm,

I know I should, and frowning, too;

again you’ve failed to clean your room...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: What better way to celebrate Mother's Day than by taking a look into a child's room. Enjoy this engaging poem on parenthood: Disarmed by Wendy Videlock.

 

 

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Editor's Note: Beloved, this is for you...

 

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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Writing by hand rather than electronic means has been proven over and over again to exercise the right side of the brain - that part of us that is creative, relational, imaginative and metaphoric.  Writer and Creativity Coach Cassie Premo leads her audience through a simple little writing exercise that will help us all be more present to what is happening around us.

 

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by Már Cipriani

Tennessee Williams said, "I'm only really alive when I'm writing." Writing, like love and wisdom, is self perpetuating. That is to say, the more one loves, the more love one has to give; the more wisdom one culls, the more wisdom is available to that person. Likewise, the more one writes, the more prolific one becomes as a writer. The words, like the love and the wisdom, are more than limitless; they are self-perpetuating, which is a wonderful thing...

 

Editor's Note: A cure for the common Writers Block...

 

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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Writing by hand rather than electronic means has been proven over and over again to exercise the right side of the brain - that part of us that is creative, relational, imaginative and metaphoric.  Writer and Creativity Coach Cassie Premo leads her audience through a simple little writing exercise that will help us all be more present to what is happening around us.

 

Writing & Poetry Therapy


 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Here is beautiful testimony to the power of poetry to heal in any language.  This Ted Talk will be of special interest to our Spanish Speaking readers.  From Argentina, Cristina Domenech speaks about her work with poetry among the prisoners of San Martin.  The speech is in Spanish with English subtitles.  I invite you to listen and witness.

 

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by Nikki Patrick

Jon York fought the Viet Cong with bullets. When he got back home to the United States, he faced a different kind of enemy, one that bullets couldn’t touch...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Poetry and writing therapy are proving to be fundamental assets in the treatment of PTSD. Here's one VietNam veteran's story.

 

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by Sharon McLeay, MA

Not so long ago I posed a question to myself. Could journaling help me with my work, even help me find a job?

After the usual struggle I have with myself about spending money on professional development, I decided to take the plunge into Kathleen Adams’ intensive journal workshop facilitation and see if I could find a response...

 

Editor’s Note from Susan de Wardt: In every economy, searching for a new job can be challenging.  Writing regularly helps hone skills that will help you articulate job seeking strategies and perform better during interviews.  For those who already have a job, certified journal instructor Sharon McLeay also provides tips on how to use journaling to improve your on the job performance.

 

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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: An empassioned and poignant message from Rachel McKibbens as she describes first her own experience with poetry and mental illness then her work using poetry to inspire self-expression for youths also suffering mental illness diagnoses - and finally the lessons she learned.  Inspiring for anyone who suffers in silence and a useful example for therapists and writers who want to make a difference through poetry.

 

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by Langston Hughes

Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor...

 

Editor's Note from Tomasz Czepaitis: This poem have moved me in three ways. First, it's mother's words to son. Connection between mother and son is very important, deep on physical and psychical levels, and always unique. It is a kind of inner guidance, which psychologists or son's family can imitate only. That's why bad connection between them hurts so deeply and demands substitutes and conform.

 

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by Jeremy Shepherd

SHANE Koyczan has become an industry.

The West Coast writer who rose to fame when his patriotic ode to Canada We Are More was featured in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics has become something unique: the poet as entrepreneur...

 

Editor's Note: Canadian slam poet Shane Koyczan speaks candidly about bullying, writing, and poetry as personal therapy.

 

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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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