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Your Vote. Your Power. Our Time.

How do we maintain our center, courage and attitudinal resilience in these chaotic political and social times? Here is a poem below that may help. It does not shy away from any of the difficulties or fierce facts we are facing. It was the cornerstone poem I used at a gathering of kindred spirits at…

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Poetry In A Time of Kavanaugh “We Don’t Give In. But Want Peace.”

Like many, I’ve been increasingly stressed, depressed and upset over our current social and political environment. (I’ll get to how poetry can help us be more centered, calm, and effective in just a moment.) But first, here is my question: How can I help address the darkness and turmoil of our current social and political…

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When Wolf Asked Why? (An ancient tale of animal politics for our current times…)

Once upon a time, Badger threatened to take the sun hostage. He hissed, “The others must pay if the sun is ever to rise again.” “My ideas are destined,” said Badger. “It’s simply the free market working its magic,” he proclaimed. The talks proceeded well until Wolf’s voice grew low, stern and steady. All he…

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In A Dark Time, The Eye Begins To See… How Poetry Helps Us Name, Claim and Change our Politics

Is this essay for you? Here’s how to decide. These words are especially dedicated to the politically depressed, dejected and dispirited… otherwise known as many of my friends, colleagues, and acquaintances in 2018. Of course, I can’t read your mind, but if you could read my thoughts and feelings, you would find a strange combination of anxiety, fear and hope brewing…

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It’s Time To Love Poetry: Here Are 13 Reasons Why

It wasn’t mean or intentional. No one set out to deprive you or anyone else the considerable benefits of poetry in your work and personal life. No one set out to marginalize poetry, by sending it off to some obscure and threadbare room in your mind where you rarely go. Or if you do go…

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A New Force For Truth: How poetry can save us

We are entering a new more truth-centered era in our professional and political lives. And no, I’m not on mind-altering drugs. I have been savoring some mind-altering poems. And now seeing these poems in a fresh new light, I can appreciate more deeply, their ability to change minds, hearts and eventually whole nations and worlds. “No!…

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