Day 8 of 30 Days of Poetry, Jazz & Earth Day Awareness: Celebrating Poetry as a natural medicine

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It’s day 8 0f my online campaign “30 Days of Poetry, Jazz, and Earth Day Awareness.”  It’s turning into quite a journey. I am falling back in love with many of my favorite poets, jazz singers and musicians, and green living tips.  I am also using this 30 day process to deepen my yoga and physical fitness practice.

What are you doing this month?

Anything fun planned?

Any new projects?

What about travel plans?

This morning I got up early to prepare for my author talk about “Poetry as a natural medicine for the soul” on Ananda Leeke Live via at 9:00 p.m. (EST) tonight.  John Fox’s amazing book Poetic Medicine kept me company.   Fox is the founder of the Institute of Poetic Medicine. I discovered his book and work during the 15th Annual Society for the Arts in Healthcare Conference held in 2006 at Northwestern University’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.  Both have mentored me as an artist-in-residence at Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts over the past four years.  Last year, Fox visited Smith Farm and facilitated a poetry healing workshop for the artists-in-residence. It was so powerful.  That experience convinced me to include a section on the power of poetry in my new book That Which Awakens Me.

After I ate breakfast this morning, I recorded an audio blog featuring an excerpt from Poetic Medicine.  I also read a Navaho blessing poem and my poem “Poetry Thursday” from That Which Awakens Me.  Click on the Cinchcast button below to listen to my blog.

Do you think poetry is a natural medicine for the soul?

Here’s my six-word memoir for today: Poetry. Jazz. Earth. Phrases dance naturally.  Please share yours in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude for the healing power of poetry,


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