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Creative Poetry

Sometimes it’s interesting to think of a concept or feeling, consider writing a poem about being optimistic, it could be about taking hold of the day – seizing opportunity. Maybe write about a time in your life when you achieved this or about what and how you will achieve in the future. Or simply writeContinue reading “Creative Poetry”

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Contemporary Haiku

Today, poets don’t have to write haiku that solely focus on nature, a contemporary haiku can explore any subject. Although in the example below Kerouac conforms to tradition. “Above all, a haiku must be very simple and free of all poetic trickery and make a little picture and yet be as airy and graceful asContinue reading “Contemporary Haiku”

The Haiku

I love the haiku, it is a way of looking at the world and seeing something profound, in what appears to be its simplicity. The haiku poem consists of 3 lines, the original Japanese haiku adhere to strict rules regarding form and content consisting of seventeen ‘moras’ or linguistic units which we can refer toContinue reading “The Haiku”

Creative Poetry Practice

One of the great things about writing poetry is that you are never incorrect, what constitutes a good or bad poem is merely in the eye of the reader. However, creative poetry requires regular practice, the more time you give to your craft the more creative you become. Try to make time to write eachContinue reading “Creative Poetry Practice”

Writing is Healing

Writing is a powerful tool and can act as a bridge between the inner and outer worlds. Everyone needs to make meaning of their lives, this is particularly true of trauma survivors where self expression is often trapped within the body unable to be verbalised, sometimes it is good to do some mediation or Breath-worksContinue reading “Writing is Healing”

Philip Arthur Larkin

Philip Larkin, (1922-85) was born on this day, August 9, 1922, in Coventry UK, he was an English poet, novelist, and librarian. He attended the City’s King Henry VIII School between 1930 and 1940, and made regular contributions to the school magazine, which he also helped to edit. He went to St. John’s College, Oxford,Continue reading “Philip Arthur Larkin”

Poetry is Therapeutic

Historically, poetry for healing and personal growth, goes back to ancient times when shamans conducted religious rites and chanted poetry for the well-being of the tribe or individual. The first known Poetry Therapist was a Roman physician by the name of Soranus in the first century A.D., who prescribed tragedy for his manic patients andContinue reading “Poetry is Therapeutic”