The virtual poet’s pub night was a bust. Wrong time, wrong season, wrong topic. But, not to be discouraged, I am going to try something else. Every Monday at 8 PM, I am going to hold a virtual meeting for people who want to heal emotional issues through the healing power of poetry. Writing it, saying it, and getting support and feedback from fellow poets who really care has a tremendous healing power. Note the following abstract from a scietific paper(1):
“My purpose in this paper is to help you experience for yourself the potential of poetry to heal by feeling its power through your own voice. Many people have an intuitive sense that voice in general and poetry in particular can be healing. We have all experienced the comfort of soothing words. Finding the words to articulate a traumatic experience can bring relief. A letter between friends who are fighting can heal a relational wound. People are frequently moved to write a poem in times of extremity…. The reader will be directed to the scientific evidence of the efficacy of utilizing expressive writing. The developing professional field of Poetry Therapy, and The National Association for Poetry Therapy will be discussed”
In the sessions that I am offering, feedback and discussion will be solely on the content and the emotions involved. I will hold these sessions even if there is just one someone who wants to participate and share. If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, please send me a note at my email address:
I will then send you an invite. We will be using google meeting. Please join me.
(1) Carroll, Robert. Finding the Words to Say It: The Healing Power of Poetry. Hindawi. June 2005. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1142208/