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 Dee Galloway

When discussing the poetry created by African Americans just prior to the Civil War, another African tradition comes into play: that of the West African griot. In West African culture, both historically and today, each tribal clan has had its griot, an itinerant clan member who is combination historian-musician-storyteller: "A Griot is an oral historian and musician," explains Foday Musa Suso, one of West Africa 's most respected and well-known contemporary griots...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: In her essay Dee Galloway remarks: "when a griot dies, a library has burned to the ground", Learn more about the African-American oral tradition of poetry and the importance of history as it informs the present.

 

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by Phyllis Klein, LCSW and Perie Longo, PhD, LMFT
courtesy of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

From the starting of time, poetry has been a means for citizen to express their deepest emotions and generate curative in ritual and ceremony. In Greek mythology, we know that Asclepius, the God of Healing, was the son of Apollo, god of poetry. Hermes served as messenger between the two worlds to divulge between the gods and humanity. He carried the caduceus, “the winged rod with two serpents intertwined, which has come to be a fastener of the curative profession”...

 

Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Are you telling yourself you're not not a poet? Consider reading this article and try your hand at making a poem using ten of your favorite words from this article.   

 

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by Richard Gold

Writing poetry is a way to grow emotionally and intellectually, as language articulates and frames experience symbolically...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: If you can't think of a reason to write poetry, here is a list that will inspire you to pick up the pen and write!

 

 

 

 

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by Karen Weintraub

Q. What connection do you see between the two sides of your life, poetry and medicine?

A. To my mind the two are inextricably interrelated. When we take care of patients we are immersed in stories, in language, in metaphor...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Poet-Doctor Rafael Campo provides perspective on the relationship between poetry and healing.

 

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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Too many people lose their interest in poetry during high school. Not so for the students of Austin Glanville. Enjoy this video composite of his sophomore high school students who are turned on to poetry for self-expression. Very exciting to see young people connect with poetic language. They really get it - thanks to a passionate teacher.

 

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by Naomi Shihab Nye

Turning the calendar page may put the old year behind but it also signals a new beginning. Tradition demands that we start the New Year by filling our calendars with resolutions; things like commitments to projects long ignored, renewed focus on personal change, new goals to be achieved. But what if we started the New Year Fresh?...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Here's a refreshing look at a new way to enter the New Year - no more resolutions, no more lists just a new awakening and clean movement into a new place in time. Writing prompts follow the poem. Enjoy!

 

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by Billy Collins

In this week’s poem, former poet laureate Billy Collins invites us to experience poetry in a new way...

 

Editor’s Note from Susan de Wardt: Embracing poetry is as simple as reading and finding poems that have meaning for you. It is not about figuring out what the poet meant when he/she wrote the poem. Reading poetry is about feeling and considering: What does this poem mean for me? Where do I feel the poem in my body? How does it make me feel?...

 

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Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Enjoy Bill Moyers and Rita Dove reading "The Hill" by Edgar Lee Masters.

 

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Editor's Note from Thomasz Czepaitis: Limericks with funny "on-line" drawings.

 

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by Jeannie Campbell, LMFT

Every novel is a part of you.

No, I don’t mean in some philosophical sense that they each hold a place in your heart. I mean literally. Pieces of you—quirks, pet peeves, life experiences—are in your novels...


Editor's Note from Susan Meyn: Isn't all our writing really part of us? This author speaks to the therapeutic value of writing fiction. Fits even better for those of us who keep journals...and maybe would like to try out some fiction, too!

 

Writing & Poetry Therapy


by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The essay is the only literary form which confesses, in its very name, that the rash act known as writing is really a leap in the dark. When men try to write a tragedy, they do not call the tragedy a try-on...

 

Editor's Note from Tomasz Czepaitis: I know... proposing Americans to write an essay looks like explaining a shoemaker how to make shoes. Essays are the necessary part of academic activity, of contemporary education. You describe “in your own words” some outline, you prepare for exams, you write sketches for a newspaper. But this is what an Essay became after naturalization in USA. Primarily, from Michel de Montaigne, who was the first in this field (XVI century) it was just an attempt to say or meditate on anything (from French “essayer”  - to try)...

 

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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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