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Hooked From Above

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I used to feel inconsistent, because my moods would change. I'd want solitude, then when alone, couldn't wait to be with others. I'd want to be still and walk slowly through the woods, but once there for a while, couldn't wait to hear live music.

Returning to Where I've Never Been

Mark Nepo | Posted 01.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

t's very human to have an understanding, to have a dream, to grasp for a moment a larger sense of things, and also very human to then get lost in the details, entangled in the problems along the way.

Election Day: Not in the Chosen but in the Choosing

Christiana Wyly | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Christiana Wyly

I am inspired by citizens rising out of complacency, questioning their beliefs on the economy, civil liberties, and foreign policies and I challenge us all to continue to be engaged as citizens, and as advocates.

Missing Her Vote -- But Not Her Voice...

Tereza Nemessanyi | Posted 01.05.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Tereza Nemessanyi

Recently, a woman wrote me in honor of her daughter, Elizabeth Blue. Her story is at once heartbreaking and strengthening and it seemed at this of all times, it must be shared.

The Reading Series: Bianca Stone's "Because You Love You Come Apart"

Alina Gregorian | Posted 01.03.2013 | Books
Alina Gregorian

Ruth Stone's poem ends with the line: "I cannot live without you, oh brief and inconceivable other." And then we're brought to Bianca's reality: writing poems on typewriters, drinking wine, and the line to start it all: "This is your love speaking."

Making Eyebrows in the Water

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This Inuit ritual is another indigenous instruction for the great care and attention needed to see through to the essential realm of spirit that underlies everything. Though even when sighting what matters briefly, there is no guarantee that the deeper reality will surface in the same place twice.

The Need to Be in the World

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

When I was young, the world was too much for me. I wanted to transcend my way out of here. But the years have made me root more firmly in the life of experience. I've come to understand that heaven reveals itself through how we love our way through our time on Earth.

I Was a Reluctant Poet

Maria Rodale | Posted 12.22.2012 | Books
Maria Rodale

My first lines Burst forth Unbidden And oddly patterned. I shunned learning The craft. All the poets I knew Seemed pretentious Intentionally overcom...

To Honor

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Once we know something, experience something, feel something, there is an understandable tendency to put it away, to bury it, to forget its importance in our lives. But integrity and aliveness have something to do with keeping what is true before us.

The Two Breaths

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This reflection comes from a conversation with a gifted photographer I met. His story helped confirm for me that we live a life in every breath.

Below Our Strangeness

Mark Nepo | Posted 12.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

I believe we are all connected at the deepest and most elemental level and that experience and circumstance manipulate us away from our better selves. This poem speaks of that place.

The Cry

Mark Nepo | Posted 11.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

She is right to fear the brutality, but the wonder always outlasts the violence, even if we are brought to an end. There is nothing to do but live and meet it all. After a long while, I said softly, "I no longer ask why, only how."

Very Big Shifting Shows Up in Small Pattern Changes

Ruth Neubauer | Posted 11.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Ruth Neubauer

When patterns of contact change, something big is happening. The tell is in the shifting rhythm of silence.

September 11th

Kevin Powell | Posted 11.11.2012 | New York
Kevin Powell

Might it be, as my mother said to me on this ugly, sinful day,/ That the world is on its last go-round?/ Hijacked wild birds strip the sky of its innocent morning breath/Steel towers crumple like playing cards on an uneven metal table...

These Human Days

Mark Nepo | Posted 10.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

Being human is a gritty mystery. We are the most gentle, resilient creatures on Earth. Through our humanness, things that don't seem to go together show their underlying connection. This poem is a weave of ordinary events that opened a telling moment for me.

A Turn in the Path

Mark Nepo | Posted 10.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Nepo

This is the journey -- not the race we make of things, or the filling of cracks with gold, but how the bright colors run into everything.

A Poem for Chick-fil-A

Leslie Sheridan | Posted 10.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Leslie Sheridan

Chick-fil-A / Anti-gay / Discrimination / Sandwiched / Between two buns

War and Country

Amalie Flynn | Posted 10.01.2012 | Arts
Amalie Flynn

I am standing in my kitchen, And I am as still as an appliance, And I am thinking about it again, About countries that go to war. Copyright Amali...

Picking Up the Pieces of William Gibson's Self-Destructing Poem

John Lundberg | Posted 07.15.2012 | Home
John Lundberg

You don't have to be a computer geek to appreciate Gibson's "mechanical" and artistic statement. Of course, you do have to be one to reverse it.

Segun Olusola: In Memoriam

Chika Okeke-Agulu | Posted 08.26.2012 | Arts
Chika Okeke-Agulu

Often called the "culture patriarch" in the Lagos arts circles, Olusola represented an age that has become something of a myth: those heady, thrilling years before and after Nigeria's independence in 1960.

DIVINING DIVAS: Going Gertrude, Garbo and Gaga Over Powerful Women: How Stevie Nicks (and Another 'Stephanie') Unknowingly Propelled My Writing Career

Michael Montlack | Posted 08.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Michael Montlack

I saw immediately that although Divas are sometimes reduced in the limelight to their glamorous and outrageous images, they assumed a variety of deeper and more meaningful roles for the men who wrote about them.

Four Poems That Embrace the Heat

John Lundberg | Posted 08.03.2012 | Home
John Lundberg

For most of us, that means skulking about from one air conditioner to the next (for our cat, it means lying the middle of doorways), but poets have found all kinds of meaning in hot weather. Many, not surprisingly, have found it oppressive, but others have found it inspirational.

Poetry Is Everywhere With 'Dial-A-Poem'

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.22.2012 | Arts

A new installation at the Museum of Art in New York, titled, "Dial-a-Poem" brings ecstatic poetry to you online or over the phone at any time of the d...

Poem: Celestial Seasonings

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 07.17.2012 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

Image courtesy of Joe Webb Celestial Seasonings Flight of the bumblebee next door, the neighbor's kettle's voice through her screened window at t...

A Daughter's Love

Liz Black | Posted 07.17.2012 | Women
Liz Black

I felt myself breaking down. I kept thinking back to the things I never did, that I would never be able to do with her. I began to mourn my Mother while she was still alive.