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 Jennie Chapman Linthorst, MA, CAPF

When people tell their own stories through poems, songs and journals, it provides vital material for the therapeutic process: It deepens their connection to their inner voice, allows cathartic release, greater self-awareness, new insights and fresh hope. I work in the field of poetry therapy, using poems and excerpts of writings to inspire individuals to respond by writing their own pieces...

 

 

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by Quinn McDonald

New journals are exciting–the possibility, the fresh approach, the hope you will be as filled with opportunity as the journal is filled with pages. And then that clutch of fear: the. first. page...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Are you afraid of the blank page?  Let creativity coach Quinn McDonald help you break through your barrier to self-expression!

 

 

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by Susan de Wardt,
ATH Co-Editor of Writing and Poetry Therapy

Sherry Reiter began her career as a drama specialist for the New York City Department for Aging while pursuing her childhood dream to be an actress. When she started using creative writing exercises with her groups she watched as people’s eyes filled with tears and knew then there was something more happening than just recreation...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Registered poetry therapist Sherry Reiter shares insight into the how and why of poetry therapy and the development of professional standards in the field.

 

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by Perie Longo, PhD, LMFT

He always took me fishing with him

on those long northern summer nights

out in the boat and I loved it, not the sitting for hours...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Celebrate Father's Day by sharing family experiences with your father or a loved relative. Perie Longo's poem "Fishing With My Father" evokes those special summer days when kids spend time with their dads.

 

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There are times when the hurt we feel is at a soul level. For those difficult times in our individual and collective lives, nothing seems to heal the soul like poetry. In this powerful lecture and performance captured live on DVD, Dale Biron explores exactly what kinds of poetry we need to keep in our poetic medicine cabinets...

 

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by Noreen Braman

The books occupy an entire file drawer, their cardboard covers and yellowed pages shut tight against dust and light. I rarely read them now, and yet, I cannot relegate them to storage in the basement or even move them across the room. I need them near me as I write; I need to hear their faded whispers, see their familiar shapes. They are not pleasant, these chronicles, and for years just their presence terrified me...

 

Editor's Note: Noreen Braman offers each of us the opportunity to turn to the light...just like a sunflower, through all of life's challenges.

 

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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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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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