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How To Publish A Poetry Book

How To Publish A Poetry Book

If you are thinking about how to publish a poetry book, I recommend that you read this guide. It will walk you through the important steps of publishing a poetry book and will give you the tools you need, over the long term, to learn how to get poetry published. How...

I Said To The Wanting Creature By Kabir

I Said To The Wanting Creature By Kabir

Do you ever have times when words are both helpful and insufficient? This weekend was one of those times. A few months ago, my husband's much younger brother, Jonathan, died of a heart attack. On Saturday, we attended the memorial service. Jon had been living with...

A Winter Solstice Poem

A Winter Solstice Poem

A friend recently sent me a winter solstice poem. I was happy to be reminded of this poem, and thought I’d pass it on to you–it’s so nice to be able to share what we enjoy and find helpful. The solstice is the darkest time of year, but it also is a time that reminds...

Joy Harjo’s Poetry

Joy Harjo’s Poetry

People have widely different experiences of Thanksgiving, which can bring up all kinds of things.I want to share a poem by Joy Harjo, a member of the Muscogee Nation and the current national poet laureate.  In our complicated history and nation,  I like to return to...

You Are Enough

You Are Enough

This happens to me every year: suddenly, without my knowing quite how it happened, it’s the holiday season again. The days are getting darker, and I wonder where all the time has gone. Life passes so quickly! It’s a challenge to keep up, to pay attention and to...

Practicing with Silence

Practicing with Silence

I was away last week at a silent Vipassana retreat in Western Mass. For three days, we meditated at least 10 hours a day and had very few external stimuli. In meditation, we bring our attention inward, to our own internal sensations and practice noticing—but not...

The Legacy of Mary Oliver

The Legacy of Mary Oliver

I was delighted to be part of a tribute remembering Mary Oliver co-hosted by WBUR and The Mass Poetry Society.I join panelists Helene Atwan, Krysten Hill, and Susan Edwards to discuss Mary Oliver's work. We also discuss the impact of her work on our own writing and...

Mind-Body Connection: Power of Bringing Yoga and Writing Together

Mind-Body Connection: Power of Bringing Yoga and Writing Together

I used to think that bringing yoga and writing together would water down both the yoga and the writing, but that was because I was still operating in a traditional mindset that wanted to keep mind and body separate. Today we know how powerful it is to bring mind and body together, but we often don’t have the tools to do it. By bringing yoga and writing together, we can have more powerful mind-body integration and come into our true potential and power.

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