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The number one tip for writers

The number one tip for writers

My number one tip for writers If you’ve worked with me, you’ve probably heard me say this before, and I’ll say it again. In fact, it’s my number one tip for writers. If you are out of sorts with your writing, start here: Schedule your writing time on your calendar. ...

Poetry for Life: My Journey Through Poetry

Poetry for Life: My Journey Through Poetry

POETRY FOR LIFE In an earlier post, I wrote about the purposes of poetry. Since then, as I've been creating my new poetry course that I'll be sharing more information about soon, I’ve been thinking about the role of poetry more specifically in my own life. I’ve been...

The Purpose of Poetry

The Purpose of Poetry

Recently, I wrote about the importance of writing. Today, I want to write about the importance and the purpose of poetry and offer some writing prompts for you at the bottom of this post. This weekend, we were at Eric’s much younger cousin’s wedding; Raffi is closer...

Why Writing Is Important: 2 Key Reasons

Why Writing Is Important: 2 Key Reasons

Why Writing Is Important... Why write? I was on vacation the last few weeks on Deer Isle in Maine and wrote very little; I was really being present with my family and with the beautiful place I was in. Over those weeks, I found myself wondering what it would be like...

Interdependence: A powerful teaching

Interdependence: A powerful teaching

Interdependence One of the most beautiful and core teachings of Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh is interdependence. At a time of imbalance on so many different levels in our world, what would happen if we all could come into greater understanding of interdependence,...

15 Good Morning Poems to Start Your Day

15 Good Morning Poems to Start Your Day

 15 Good Morning Poems to Start Your Day    What better way to start your day than with some good morning poems? Mornings don't just mark the start of a new day. They symbolize new beginnings, transformations, and opportunities. Whether you are in the midst of...

Bullet Points Jericho Brown

Bullet Points Jericho Brown

 Bullet Points —Jericho Brown I will not shoot myselfIn the head, and I will not shoot myselfIn the back, and I will not hang myselfWith a trashbag, and if I do,I promise you, I will not do itIn a police car while handcuffedOr in the jail cell of a townI only know the...

Mary Oliver Morning Poem

Mary Oliver Morning Poem

It's spring! The world is waking up again. Mary Oliver's "Morning Poem" reminds us of the constant cycle of new beginnings. In midwinter, it can be hard to really believe that the world will be green and full of life again. Even if we know it intellectually, we can...

Birches Robert Frost, a poem for mid-winter 2021

Birches Robert Frost, a poem for mid-winter 2021

"Birches" by Robert Frost is one of my favorite poems, and a perfect poem for this moment... "Birches" is a beautiful midwinter poem, and I've been thinking about it a lot, especially this pandemic winter, when I've been longing for some escape. In the poem, the...

The Geese Jorie Graham

The Geese Jorie Graham

"The Geese," Jorie Graham's brilliant early poem, explores the relationship between order and disorder, meaning and the absence of meaning, and like so many of her poems is a poem about poetry itself: how do language and poetry create lines and stitch together meaning...

Swan by Mary Oliver for 2021

Swan by Mary Oliver for 2021

HAPPY 2021! I want to share  "Swan" by Mary Oliver for the new year. This powerful poem by Mary Oliver is about being present and about change. That might sound like a paradox: how can we both be present and invite change? For a long time, I struggled with that...

I, Too, Sing America

I, Too, Sing America

A poem for this moment— and every moment. Langston Hughes’ “I, Too” reminds us that everyone deserves a seat at the table. Come over to the post and read the poem and get free writing prompts.

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