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How We Make Our Way

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Over a lifetime, we are humbly changed by things we often don't notice along the way. We're often connected to other life we're not aware of. This piece bears witness to such connections.

The Earth Is Us

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Maria Rodale

What you hate is you What you love is you What you destroy is you What you create is you What you kill is you What you give birth to is you Your th...

Happy Birthday To Me

James Franco | Posted 06.19.2013 | Entertainment
James Franco

It's my 35th birthday, not that anyone should care. Here's a poem I wrote on my 31st birthday. I have done a few things in the past four years, but this poem still captures how I feel on my birthday.

Buddha Doodle - 'Connect'

Molly Hahn | Posted 06.16.2013 | Good News
Molly Hahn


Near the Light

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Sometimes, in the midst of working through frustrations, it's possible to glimpse the truth that, though I'm frustrated, not everything is frustrating. Sometimes, in the midst of sadness, it's possible to glimpse that, though I'm sad, not everything is sad.

Going Home

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

For all the dreams we dream and things we work toward, we sometimes stumble into a moment when what waits inside our dream somehow comes true. This poem speaks to such a moment.

In the Thick of It

Mark Nepo | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We fell into a deep conversation about the part of us that is constantly changed by meeting the world and the depth of who we are that never changes. The Rocky Mountains were nearby and as I began to explore all this, the wisdom of the mountains was suddenly in reach.

Hold Nothing Back

Mark Nepo | Posted 05.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I'm always surprised to rediscover that life waits behind a door that can only be opened when we give our all, when we hold nothing back.

Gentleness and Co-Dependence

Mark Nepo | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Since life can be abrupt and harsh, it's a constant challenge to meet experience without shutting down. If we're too guarded, we're never touched by what matters. On the contrary, it seems that to be touched by what matters, we need to develop our gentleness.


Mark Nepo | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This is a profound example of quiet integrity -- staying true to one's own nature and staying whole. Steadfastness, in its deepest regard, inhabits the resolve not to be persuaded or worn down to be something we are not.

The Best Poems About Food

Madeleine Crum | Posted 03.05.2013 | Taste

Food poetry can be incredibly nuanced, eliciting feelings of pleasure and nostalgia in the same way eating does.

The Myth of Urgency

Mark Nepo | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We live in an age where information, demands, and choices are more plentiful than ever. This rush of possibility gives us the illusion that we can do anything without limit. With this rush of possibility and the illusion of no limits comes a relentless urgency to do it all.

Side by Side

Mark Nepo | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Experience opens us to humility and humility opens us to compassion, which means to suffer with, to keep company with, to be with. Nothing can as strong and soft at the same time as compassion.

To This Day Project: Interview with Anti-Bullying Video Creator Shane Koyczan

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Shira Lazar

Based on a powerful spoken word problem, Shane Koyczan's To This Day Project explores the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.

Come With Me

Mark Nepo | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I was on retreat, in deep silence and solitude, when I felt a moment of great aliveness and a sudden want to share that sense. It led to this poem, which I thought was a song for company. It was only upon reading it later that I realized that the voice of the poem was a call from my soul.

E Daí

Mark Nepo | Posted 04.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

When in Brazil, my friend David encountered the phrase E daí (ay-die-ee), which is Portuguese for "and then?" Regardless of the story told or hardship conveyed, the custom is for the listener to ask after a while, "E daí?" with a tone that implies: "And so? What now?"


Mark Nepo | Posted 04.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

It's a recurring lesson that, try as we do, the things that matter can't be prepared for, only met. In this way, preparation requires being fully awake and present, more than anticipating every possible outcome.

Buddha Doodle - 'Turn as the Earth and Moon'

Molly Hahn | Posted 04.01.2013 | Good News
Molly Hahn


The Purpose of Fishing

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Fishing is a great way to relate to the unknown. It's compelling and surprising that we always return to places where we've caught something to wait, when there's no reason to think that anything will ever break surface in the same place twice.

Meeting My Selves

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

We blossom and outgrow selves the way butterflies emerge from cocoons. Except that being human, we have the chance to emerge from many cocoons. This poem tries to look back at the many selves I've lived in.

Mitt Romney's Inaugural Poem: 'My Sun'

Jerry Adler | Posted 03.24.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Adler

One sun rose on us today thanks to the efforts of the job creators among us who didn't wait around for the government to raise the sun, Not like some...


Mark Nepo | Posted 03.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Up to that point in my life, I had thought of hardships as inexplicable events happening to me and others and viewed strength as the ability to endure these unwanted circumstances. Such endurance is certainly a strength.

The Ethic of Wonder

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

The great Jewish philosopher, Abraham Heschel said, "We will not perish for want of information; but only for want of appreciation... What we lack is not a will to believe but a will to wonder..." Wonder is the feeling that overcomes us when we enter life and not just watch it.

Blessings I Have No Words For

Mark Nepo | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This week's poem is about what we hear in the spaces between all the noise. All meditation practices and all beginnings of art start with such a listening.

Resubmitting Poetry And Short Prose To Lit Mags

Posted 12.26.2012 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: Why Resubmit Your Work? There are multiple circumstances that make it worth your while to resubmit a piece to a lite...