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Poetry



According to Alan Watts, “The whole art of poetry is to say what can’t be said.” Poetry is how we explore the liminal space between feeling and rationality, knowledge and understanding. For some, poetry is the language of the Divine consciousness. For others, it is the purest way of expressing their inner selves and experiences. Finding new ways to think and speak about our truth can bring us to a closer understanding of each other and the meaning of our existence.

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If I Should Have a Daughter . . . | Sarah Kay

“If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she’s gonna call me Point B ...” began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011.

Milk and Honey

A collection of poetry and prose about survival, about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

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Mary Oliver Reading Wild Geese

Poet Mary Oliver reads her poem "Wild Geese": You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.

The discipline of poetry is in overhearing yourself say difficult truths from which it is impossible to retreat.

Clarity & Connection

In Clarity & Connection, Yung Pueblo describes how intense emotions accumulate in our subconscious and condition us to act and react in certain ways. In his characteristically spare, poetic style, he guides readers through the excavation and release of the past that is required for growth.

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Start Close in by David Whyte

David Whyte recites his own poem Start Close in.

Field Guide to the Haunted Forest

This poetry collection celebrates the impossible truths of the natural world and the magic that hides in plain sight. Poet and podcaster Jarod K.

There is nothing at all that can be talked about adequately, and the whole art of poetry is to say what can’t be said.

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Billy Collins on How to Write Poetry

If you aren't a poet but want to get started, how would you do that?

Black Feeling Black Talk/Black Judgement

Black Feeling, Black Talk/Black Judgement is one of the single most important volumes of modern African-American poetry.

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