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Poetry: the door
the door no bother to searchfor the entrancenor the exitthe adventureis not in tryingit’s simply allowingopeningsclosingsandall the spacein between —Melissa Joseph…
Poetry: At Low Tide
At Low Tide By Nancy Willard At low tide, when Water openedher workshop, her shining hands unrolleda fabric so light I saw straight downto the loom on which it was born -- long …
Illustration of landscape on pants
Poetry: Beatific
I watch him bob across the intersection,  Squat legs bowed in black sweatpants. I watch him smile at nobody, at our traffic Stopped to accommodate his slow going. His arms…
Poetry: Canticle on Matthew 6 in Wartime
Canticle on Matthew 6 in Wartimeby Jennifer AtkinsConsider the missing lilies, the trees stripped of leaves and burnt, the grass trampled to dust.Consider the crows of the air, wha…
Poetry: The Dark Between Stars
Put your hand on your heart in youthere is power there are ideasno one has ever thought of there is the strength to love purely and intenselyand to be loved bac…
Poetry: Last Days
Why in the last of days does it feel the first—why is the rain always new, a ‘latter rain’?The baby’s name is Phoenix and her flameis better than the ash we visit andrevisit. Last …
Poetry: Why Tinkerbell Quit Anger Management
I had to give up on their remedies.They kept trying to make me less angry,but I refuse to surrender my rage. Because whole kingdoms have already spentmillennia trying to keep wome…
Poetry: Gratitude Pillow

An excerpt from Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners by Naomi Shihab Nye.

The Medicine of Poetry
“I never could connect with poetry,” Jan said. “I’m a math teacher!” She was sitting on my living room couch surrounded by piles of poetry books. On the coffee table was a stack of…
poem: no. 112

"celebrate / your survival. / find your arms / and hold on to hope,"

poem: no. 65

"i think i met you in a different / life. everything about you is / familiar, like a song i’ve heard before."

poem: no. 154

"but the color of moonrise / will visit at the same time / it did yesterday and make / constellations out of me."

Poetry: The Garden

Enjoy this poem from W.S. Merwin, who passed away in March of this year.

After the Removal of 30 Types of Plants and Animals from the Junior Dictionary

The author was inspired by the removal of words from the dictionary to make more room for technology.

Poem: Over and Over Again

The sand doesn’t change. It stays true to itself, and the ocean still comes back. / And kisses her over and over again.


"In the poem, I set the vast scale of geological epochs against the quick movement of children. The poem encompasses both measures of time and holds them in suspension."

Random Acts of Poetry

How to turn any ordinary tree into a poet-tree

Blackout Poetry: Creation Through Reduction

Can’t bear to put pen to paper? Start with a page that’s full of words instead of one that’s devoid of them.

Poetry: Heritage (For Walter Leonard)

Poetry from Nikki Giovanni's new book, A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter 

Poetry: The Sea, the Forest
Like an argument against keeping the more unshakable varieties of woundedness inside, where such things may best belong, he opened his eyes in the dark. Did you hear that, he…
Art and Poetry as Meditation
Our local group didn’t meet on Christmas Day, so instead of talking about our discussion, I get to free-range-think!  I’m thinking about the relationship between all art forms…
Poetry as a Healing Balm

Poetry can open us up to new perspectives, and allows us to be vulnerable.

Breathing: The Poetry of the Body
 We know intuitively that our state of mind will affect our breath: it comes quick and jagged when we are agitated, and smooth and slow when we are relaxed. The yogis figured …
Poetry: Ode to Robert Zimmerman
i store my memories in a vault-like freezerwhere they’ll never thawthey’re all of meyet, somehowyou fit in like i’m the gloveand you’re the skin sheltering mecovering mefor every s…
Poetry: The Sound of the Sea at the Shore
As one grows older,there should be fewerand fewer words to say. Each one a few lettersbut taken togethermeaning something large. Sea. Sun. Shell. I gathera little pile, burying,u…
The Healing Power of Poetry in the Wake of Suicide
On September 10th, The International Association for Suicide Prevention will acknowledge World Suicide Prevention Day. It is an opportunity to bring global awareness to this devast…
poem: Be Recorder

"I leave behind dignity / so the angel inside me / stays behind me too"

Poem: Weathervanes & Paper Planes

The poems and prose in Amanda Torroni's new book, Stargazing at Noon, unfold in moon phases, beginning with a fullness, then purging. This poem, Weathervanes & Paper Planes, is from the gibbous phase.

Poem: The Holler

"I must write her a note of glad tidings / with tidbits of nostalgia instead of our grief"

Yoga in Your Pocket
Yoga is a good thing to have in your pocket.I’m writing this from the hotel restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, where I’ve spent the past week at the National Poetry Slam comp…
Where Do Poems Come From?
Where do poems come from? I believe they happen when several insights come together to make an explosion. For several months I’d been reading a wonderful new translation of Lao Tzu…
Nighthawks Oceania

A noodle bar in Japan inspires the author to think of Edward Hopper's classic painting Nighthawks.

Poem: Little Lion, Roaming the Cold Golden

The poems and prose in Amanda Torroni's new book, Stargazing at Noon, unfold in moon phases, beginning with a fullness, then purging. This poem, Little Lion, Roaming the Cold Golden, is from the new moon phase.

Listening and Leaping with Naomi Shihab Nye

Nye talks about the ways poetry is a language without explanation.

Best Post Ever
By Sheri RedaWe’re savvy, right? We post our thoughts on blogs, our invitations on Evite, our ideas on Facebook and Pinterest. We text, tweet, and email until we’re surprised when …
poem: no. 16

"she will fall for miles. / land on your face, / your shoulders, / your hands"

Pay Attention Like a Poet

Cultivate presence by writing haiku poetry.

Poem: take an ache, make it sing

The guidance Tyler Knott Gregson offers in his new book, Miracle in the Mundane, is meant to help us tap into our creativity, purpose, and joy; because, "from time to time in this crazy and chaotic spin we call life, we need to pause, reflect, and truly begin again."

poem: I Will Be My Mother's Apprentice

"That you didn’t know her is your / misfortune: a hot planet’s core, / late summer’s best light."

re/VIEW: Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye is a celebrated poet, anthologist, and novelist. S&H speaks with her about her life, her work, and her faith.

Poem: The Yellow Boat

"It was already dropped / long ago. / You cannot venture out alone too far."

Poem: In the Andes

"Thank you and sorry, thank you and well / thank you again for believing the possible all / like a little river in a hurry to arrive"

Poem: A Deeper Existence

"Follow your fatigue. / It will lead you on a winding road / towards the truth you've been avoiding."

Catching Up with David Whyte

On what poetry is all about

Poem: Apron

"the apron aspires to stand before / sinners and saints and carve / verses on stone: Mon coeur mis à nu,"

Poem: chase the light

The guidance Tyler Knott Gregson offers in his new book, Miracle in the Mundane, is for tapping into our creativity, purpose, and joy; because, "from time to time in this crazy and chaotic spin we call life, we need to pause, reflect, and truly begin again."

For a Song and a Hundred Songs
A Poet’s Journey through a Chinese PrisonBy Liao YiwuNew HarvestLong before he was imprisoned for writing and distributing a poem condemning the bloody government crackdown in Tian…
Music Review: You Want It Darker
You Want It DarkerLeonard CohenColumbiaJust before the winter settled in, Leonard Cohen passed away in his sleep on November 7, 2016. The singer was 82 years old. Less than a month…
The River of Heaven
The Haiku of Basho, Buson, Issa, and ShikiBy Robert AitkenI have always found haiku, with its spare text and deeply penetrating insight, a perfect doorway to meditation. With scarc…
Poem: The Suitcase

"But where he was welcome most / Was often where he was his worst."

Poem: Tell Me How The World Ends

The poems and prose in Amanda Torroni's new book, Stargazing at Noon, unfold in moon phases, beginning with a fullness, then purging. This poem, Tell me How the World Ends, is from the crescent phase.

Poem: genuine connections

The guidance Tyler Knott Gregson offers in his new book, Miracle in the Mundane, is for tapping into our creativity, purpose, and joy; because, "from time to time in this crazy and chaotic spin we call life, we need to pause, reflect, and truly begin again."

Poem: disney princess

The guidance Tyler Knott Gregson offers in his new book, Miracle in the Mundane, is for tapping into our creativity, purpose, and joy; because, "from time to time in this crazy and chaotic spin we call life, we need to pause, reflect, and truly begin again."

Poem: Buoyancy

"When you find yourself in turbulent waters / tie a rope to your center / and loosen your hold.

Wilder is a creator and writer who dreams with her eyes wide open. She is the author of two poetry collections including, #1 Best Seller, Nocturnal ☾ and Wild Is She. In …
Every Second Something Happens
Poems for the Mind and SensesSelected by Christine San José and Bill Johnson, with illustrations by Melanie HallPoetry for children has to be the very best. It has to tickle the mi…
Film Review: The Seer
The SeerA Portrait of Wendell BerryLaura DunnTwo Birds FilmDirector Laura Dunn’s documentary portrait of the legendary environmentalist, writer, and farmer Wendell Berry owes as mu…
Pitch, Pace, and Pause
As some of you already know, I am a spoken word poet, which means, generally speaking, that I talk about my feelings in front of half-drunk audiences on Monday nights at a neighbor…
A Heart Exposed
A Heart Exposed: Talking to God with Nothing to Hide (A Book of Prayers)by Steven JamesOne of the most beautiful gifts of Steven James’s book, A Heart Exposed, is that the prayer-p…
Unfurl into the New Year

While many focus on what to do in the new year, here are some powerful ways of being to herald in 2019.

Care of the Soul: The Spiritual Imagination
What is the role of imagination in matters of ultimate concern? This is one of the top issues in the spiritual life and certainly in religion: many religious and even spiritual peo…
Ordinary Superpowers
I have a mantra. I say it to myself daily, in many situations, and it helps me immensely in my life. It’s this: Why am I doing this? I don’t even think the answer to that…
Music Review: The Beautiful Not Yet
The Beautiful Not YetCarrie NewcomerAvailable Light RecordsCarrie Newcomer’s soothing vocals and inspiring music are grounded in social justice and authentic hope. “When you sing a…
Marie Howe: Holding the Silence

The acclaimed poet reflects on prayer, desperation, and letting go of what can’t be said.

Be Yourself: Leave People-Pleasing to the Bee Gees
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ways in which my work as an artist and my work as a yoga teacher are really just exactly the same.I do think of teaching yoga as a form of…
Bhagavad Gita
The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Songby Graham M. SchweigOne of the world’s most important Scriptures, the Bhagavad Gita describes itself as “the supreme secret of yoga,” and this ne…
The Bear Went Over the Mountain.
The lake-effect snow was lovely yesterday afternoon as we began a new year with our four-hour meditation. We had ten people, maybe seven at the end. We stayed long enough afterward…
The House of Gathering

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Discovering New Kin

Collecting an imaginary album, where places in nature have made their mark.

The Many Possibilities of Joy in a Small Cup: Yoga, Life, and the Second Chakra
Lately, I’m really into joy.That probably makes me sound like a jerk. I don’t mean the kind of joy that comes with huge life-changing events like winning the lottery or making a ba…
Who Am I?

This book lyrically explores the emotions that we feel when we carry negative beliefs about ourselves.

Enough Is Enough

Excerpt from the book More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us.

Nirvana at a Carolina Bus Stop
It wasn’t quite so spring-like yesterday here in Northern Michigan, back to slightly more “normal” temperatures. It’s spring break week around here, which may account for a smaller…
Surprise Yourself with a Nested Meditation
One of the more ingenious tools we’ve found for reframing a tough situation—or simply having fun with words—is a process that psychologist Kevin Anderson calls nested meditation. I…
Growing Elder

I thought a lot about Gladys’s comment, secretly hoping I could avoid dying from the head down or the feet up…

Our Walk in the World: Distributing the Weight
I was moved by our conversation last night. I understand how you feel the presence of suffering always in the background, juxtaposed against the peaceful times and moments of abund…
"Kindness" by Naomi Shihab Nye
The following poem, “Kindness,” is from Words Under the Words: Selected Poems by Naomi Shihab Nye, copyright © 1995. Reprinted with the permission of Far Corner Books, Po…
When It’s Time for a Woman to Sit Down and Be Quiet

The founder of SoulWork, Adi Shakti, on awakening and empowering the divine feminine.

5 Questions for Mark Nepo
Diagnosed with cancer almost 30 years ago, author Mark Nepo shares his transformative healing experience in his new book Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholene…
Music Review: Sanctuary
SanctuaryPhil HaynesCorner Store JazzCymbals, chimes, and drums. Sticks, fingers, and brushes. These are some of the raw materials that Phil Haynes beautifully crafts into rhythmic…
Synesthesia: A Practice for Translating Body Language
One of the reasons we practice yoga, in my opinion, is to become better translators.Our bodies have a complex language, and they are talking to us all the time. Our guts are receiv…
Film Review: Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet
Kahlil Gibran’s The ProphetDirected by Roger AllersGKIDSThere are few things in life more glorious than the sound of Liam Neeson reading lines from the great poet Gibran’s The Prop…
Sometimes Just Stepping Outside Is a Mark of Courage
On crowded streets, I often wonder who among us found it very hard to leave his or her home that day, yet did it anyway.In other words, I wonder who is brave. Then I send silent gr…
5 Questions for Mary Oliver
Beloved poet and natural world evangelist Mary Oliver pulls the curtain for a rare glimpse behind her writing and life. Her new book of prose, Upstream, filled with gorgeous essays…
The Incomparable Naomi Shihab Nye on Kindness
The poems of Naomi Shihab Nye have an uncanny way of showing up at exactly the right moment to summon you below the surface of your life. The child of a Palestinian father and an A…
Music Review: Mbalimaou
MbalimaouBoubacar LUSAFRICA Boubacar TraorÉ was born in the city of Kayes in Mali in West Africa. It’s a country that traces its roots to the 12th-century Mandingo cultur…
Surprised by Grace

How often are you startled by afresh spiritual awareness — a simple and unexpected new metaphor for your life journey? Discover 'nested meditation’ and experience how wordplay can open your soul.

The Sage’s Tao Te Ching, a New Interpretation
Ancient Advice for the Second Half of Lifeby William MartinLao Tzu, the teacher of the venerable sage Confucius, is thought to have written only 5,000 words in his lifetime, most o…
Celebrating the Journey on Graduation Day

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Poet Jane Hirshfield on the Mystery of Existence

Writer Kim Rosen raises questions about Zen, openness, and the “desperation” of the creative process.

Composting for Your Life
It’s Spring 2012, and we just had a super full moon: The moon was closer to the earth than it’s been all year. Here in Vancouver, it’s just starting to get warm, though the cherry …
Zen and the Art of Not Tearing Your Hair Out
If you had a time machine, would you speed forward into the future or relive the past?Someone asked me this once in a car on a road trip, and while my car-mates reminisced about ti…
Open Your Heart to the Truth. NO, WAIT, SHUT THE WINDOW!
The truth will set you free! So they say. Lately I’ve been wondering—set you free from what, exactly? Satya, or truthfulness, is one of Patanjali’s five Yamas, or precepts …
How Breathing Helped Me to Heal

Through my stillness in asana class and in meditation, I learned that breathing slowly unleashed my inner poetry.

Care of the Soul: Angels and the Brain

There’s little room for wonder and real poetry in the mechanical metaphors we use to describe ourselves.

Naomi Shihab Nye
Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than thirty volumes of poetry. She has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow and a Witter Bynner Fellow. Her numerous award…
Poem: A Thousand Ways

Poetry, for me, is synonymous with vulnerability. Sharing any poem of mine is like standing stripped before you, holding my naked, pounding, mystical heart in my bare hands. Offering it to you. Hoping you may find pieces of your own.

Andrea Potos
Andrea Potos is the author of nine poetry collections, including Mothershell (Kelsay Books), A Stone to Carry Home (Salmon Poetry), Arrows of Light (Iris Press), An Ink Like Early …

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