National Poetry Month, our dip/dive/descent into poetry for 30 days in springtime, ends today. It’s been (mostly) fun to blog (mostly) daily, to (mostly) not beat myself up when I missed days, and to seek out (mostly) new poems.
Last year, I co-wrote and edited the first three books in the It’s Easy to W.R.I.T.E Expressive Writing series for Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. This spring and summer they’ll be released. This is a 5-year contract, so there will be an anthology and one or two accompanying volumes produced each year through 2018.
The series is designed to be an integrated social sciences approach to best-practice applications of therapeutic writing in education, counseling, healthcare/wellness, and community service.
I’m incredibly proud of all three books. My co-authors are each gifted leaders in their therapeutic writing niches, and we have co-created an impressive first year’s offering. As series editor, I am responsible for the Big Vision as well as the day-to-day doingness of book-writing, and I am truly thrilled with how all three books have come together.
I am creating a new website for the launch of the books. It’s not active yet, but I will keep you posted. Meanwhile, I am very happy to close my month of (mostly) daily poems with this simple ode to alchemy, where it all begins.
To a Piece of Paper
Here is the landscape of all possibility,
whiter than the obverse of ether.
Here is the window of a universe unborn,
where the mind’s fugitive seed
seeks a hidden orifice of Creation.
Here is the battlefield,
here is the scented bed;
here is the palace,
dazzling in its lack of plumage,
where something unknown
wants to live.
–David Wiley (c)
- What “unknown” “wants to live” on your page?
- Choose any image from the poem (the window, the palace, the battlefield) and extend the metaphor. How is your empty page like, or not like, this?
- Write your own ode to a piece of paper, or to your journal, or to poetry.
- Reflect on what it has been like to read poems and writing prompts this month. Has poetry changed you this month?
- Please post your comments here! Thank you for following my blog during National Poetry Month.