Dreams and poetry have a lot in common – a belief I have held for over 20 years.  In 1995, during a retreat I attended in Mexico, a noted American poet was also there and graciously shared from his life’s work. He read and recited his poems and led an afternoon workshop each day for a small…

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As I sit at my computer writing this article, Hurricane Irma is barreling our way.  Fear and confusion keep interrupting my train of thought and need to concentrate. Less than three weeks ago with the Solar Eclipse directly overhead, I felt entirely different.  The spirit of that day was awe and amazement.  I was totally…

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Lullabies and rhymes heard in childhood provided our first experiences of poetry.  Think back.  Can you recall a song, a book or poem you heard countless times, or a favorite bedtime story?  “The mother speaking to the child is also a poem,”  according to poet Naomi Shihab Ney.” My good friend Jane Dorn has kept…

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“Realize everything is connected to everything else.”    – Leonardo da Vinci Of all the journaling techniques I’ve tried, my favorite may be the most effective, as well as the fastest jumpstart for generating new ideas – the cluster. Creative writers, business group leaders, teachers, and psychotherapists, among others, use clustering as a powerful way…

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Consider the Cardinal …no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation… — T.S. Eliot, “Journey of the Magi”                                               Some say if you see him flying toward sun, good luck will come…

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New Year Resolve The time has come To stop allowing the clutter To clutter my mind Like dirty snow, Shove it off and find Clear time, clear water. Time for a change, Let silence in like a cat who has sat at my door Neither wild nor strange Hoping for food from my store And…

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  I love Linda Pastan, Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1991-1995. Many of her poems swim in dreams.  Here visual art inspires her poetry and reverie. I hope you will add your favorite poems, especially those that are dream-inspired. Le Sens de la Nuit Magritte, oil of canvas, 1927 Here are some clues to The…

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