poetry

poetry

By Parker J. Palmer October 22, 2014

As we acknowledge the pain and suffering in the world, we must also look for the possibility within us as we aim to change what's wrong.

By Trent Gilliss October 16, 2014

Sometimes the lead is the anecdote. A humorous story from a Nobel laureate that will bring a smile to your face and other instruction on powering down, offering help, bearing responsibility, and mystical connections.

By Andréana E. Lefton October 14, 2014

A page torn from an ancient woman's journal prompts this poetic meditation on brokenness and beauty.

By Parker J. Palmer October 08, 2014

The poet W.S. Merwin calls us to our mystical connections with the people in front and behind us.

By Parker J. Palmer October 01, 2014

With the political season in full swing, a reminder that the great prophets were courageous, outrageous people who railed against the powers-that-be. And a poem by Mary Oliver.

By Trent Gilliss September 28, 2014

Our executive editor rounds up things seen and unseen — from poetry and trees to anger and rhythm.

By Anita Getzler September 28, 2014

During the High Holy Days, a daughter remembers her father and the blessing he was as he aged — with memory and a poem.

By Parker J. Palmer September 24, 2014

Autumn reminds our Quaker columnist about the beauty of the Earth and the death that is to come. Through the words of Rilke, an exploration of the wellspring of gratitude.

By Parker J. Palmer September 17, 2014

Anger is something many of us try to deny. Rather than quelling it, what if we were to use it as an animating force for personal transformation and social change?

By Yahia Lababidi September 16, 2014

Poets and philosophers may be the mystics of our day, bridging the two worlds and bearing witness to seen and unseen.

By Trent Gilliss September 04, 2014

Our executive editor pulls together a mix of live events, sneak previews, and words from some of our favorite thinkers and columnists who make this world a better place to become.

By Parker J. Palmer September 03, 2014

How does one have a more supple heart that's read to hold life's suffering and joy? Finding a way in through a Mary Oliver poem and some guiding words.

By Parker J. Palmer August 27, 2014

As school begins for many students across the U.S., a reminder to praise our teachers and offer "soft eyes" of compassion to our children.

By Parker J. Palmer August 19, 2014

Whether you're inwardly or outwardly lost, there's an alternative to panicking. Advice on how to find where you are with a David Wagoner poem.

By Parker J. Palmer August 13, 2014

Thoughtful words on standing in solidarity with others suffering from depression and the healing experience of a poem.

By Parker J. Palmer August 06, 2014

Some good humor on forgetfulness and poignant verse from the poet Billy Collins to sweeten the swallow.

By Parker J. Palmer July 23, 2014

At our darkest hours, when light fails to find a home, a path of buttercups may lead us back. Parker Palmer offers up thoughts and a Willow Harth poem for many of us caught "underground."

By Parker J. Palmer July 16, 2014

Parker Palmer reflects on "sharing our loves and doubts" as way into more generous conversations — all through the lens of a poem by Yehuda Amichai.

By Parker J. Palmer July 09, 2014

Parker Palmer celebrates the act of finding clarity in one's life through the poetry of Mary Oliver and listening to the trees.

By Parker J. Palmer June 25, 2014

Parker Palmer draws on the words of two poets to remind us that we must embrace receptivity and gratitude to live a full life.

By Parker J. Palmer May 28, 2014

Life has its moments of melancholy. Parker Palmer reminds us to stop, take it all in, and write some poetry to recall life's aspirations.

By Parker J. Palmer May 06, 2014

Parker Palmer turns to a famous Mary Oliver poem to remind him to be grateful for the "family of things."

By Trent Gilliss April 15, 2014

This week, excellent insights from Howard Thurman and the growing edge of the beginner's mind, a meditation on suffering, advice from Bertrand Russell, and a beautiful photoquote from Yiddish poet Celia Dropkin.

By Parker J. Palmer March 26, 2014

In our busy lives, a reminder from Parker Palmer that what matters most is not our ability to produce but our ability to love, and to just be. With a poem by Lynn Ungar.

By Parker J. Palmer March 18, 2014

The Quaker elder offers this poetic reminder on trusting that the writing process itself will help you dig into your bafflement.

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