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.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Jason K. Norris, MA
We say that we are “on the same wavelength” with certain people, ideas, or even physical objects. When two frequencies echo each other vibrationally, each increases in amplitude. This is frequency resonance. Every vibration has a frequency—the wave’s number of oscillations per second, measured in Hertz (Hz)...
Editor´s Note from Sophia Hansen: The symbology of Sound and Music has always enchanted me. Since Sound is one of the Languages of Light, this article intelligently and aptly describes how our body, mind and spirit respond to the vibration of soundwaves and how they nourish and heal us. I have personally seen and heard many wonderful healing stories from the use of Sound and Music.
Intuition & Symbols
Editor's Note from Melanie Webb: Disguised by imported African slaves as a dance, Capoeira originated in Brazil and incorporates the fun, musical, active character of Brazilian culture. Now practiced all over the world by men and women alike, Capoeira teaches discipline, musical instruments, coordination, and most important, the joy of belonging to a Capoeira family.
Exercise & Fitness
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.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
Editor's Note: This video appealed to me with its blend of sweet sounds and images that melted into one another. Just watching it soothed my spirit.
Editor's Note from Pat Lantz: An "Astrological Music Video" by Christian Borup, describing the hectic power of Uranus in rhythm and pictures.It is said that a picture paints a thousand words...enjoy!!!
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