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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by Quinn McDonald

Are you afraid that someone will find out your journal secrets? That when you die your life will be there for all to see? If this is keeping you from writing in a journal, could you reconsider? There are steps you can take to protect your privacy, and some things to think about before you cut off your connection to the past...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Issues of privacy often stop people from writing a journal. What will happen to my journals when I die? Who will read them? Creativity Coach Quinn McDonald offers some comforting words to help you resolve your fear.

 

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Editor's Note from Blaze Lazarony: Enjoy author Mark Nepo as he talks about his book, The Book of Awakening and his personal gift of choosing joy.

 

 

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by Laura J. Shore

My latest collection of poems, Water Over Stone, IP Press was recently launched. As I read aloud to an audience, words I have wrestled with for years, I ponder the long process that took raw emotion and language and refined it into something I am at last ready to share...

 

Editor´s Note from Susan de Wardt: The process of birthing a poem can be exciting and a little daunting. Laura Shore shares her intimate experience with bringing poetry into the world. If you've been wondering how to write poetry or when to share your writing with the public, this article is for you!

 

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by Helen Maffini

Poetry links into two dimensions of the EI theory. Self awareness is enhanced by the in-depth exploration of feelings and emotions that takes place while writing poetry. By linking emotions and feelings with words and pictures children can find deeper meanings in their everyday interactions...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Poetry is an effective tool for building resilience. EQ trainer Helen Maffini writes about how poetry can increase emotional intelligence in children using poetry.

 

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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.

 

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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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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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