poetry

poetry

BY Trent Gilliss January 14, 2017

From the mysterious alchemy of place to gut feelings and nature's enveloping soundtrack — investigations into the scenery that colors our inner and outer lives.

BY Parker J. Palmer January 11, 2017

With the wisdom of Jane Kenyon, a contemplation on gratitude and ordinary grace in our own finite lives.

BY Parker J. Palmer January 04, 2017

After an exchange with an angry man, a poem about a woodland encounter bestows unexpected guidance — about how acknowledging the spaces we share can be what closes the gaps between us.

BY Trent Gilliss December 24, 2016

Dave Chappelle as an imperfect spiritual mentor; the importance of life's valleys alongside its peaks; reconnecting to lost family histories, and finding new ways to uplift each other through thick and thin.

BY Trent Gilliss December 17, 2016

Should we reframe the American narrative? Is there an art to conversation? Can sports refs teach us a thing or two about democracy? Questions and conversations that are pointing us north from all the niches of life.

BY Parker J. Palmer December 14, 2016

A return to the gritty heart of the Christmas season, and a vision for a holiday celebration that does real and practical good for those around us.

BY Trent Gilliss December 10, 2016

From the delicate strength of the Bolivian cholita to the counsel of Master Yoda, timely glimpses of wisdom on honoring overlooked parts of ourselves and each other.

BY Parker J. Palmer December 07, 2016

As we turn the seasonal corner to the longest nights of the year, a reflection on the time we spend in the darkness, and what we can learn from it before turning back to the light.

BY Parker J. Palmer November 30, 2016

Even at our most broken and scattered, Mary Oliver seems to say, we can uncover new wholeness by examining each shattered piece.

BY Parker J. Palmer November 16, 2016

Leonard Cohen's timeless lyrics are a beacon of hope for even the most broken among us. An expression of gratitude to our latest lost legend.

BY Vincent Harding November 07, 2016

We are not the America we aspire to, yet. A rumination on the words and spirit of Langston Hughes, who inspires and impels us across the decades to make that America be.

BY Parker J. Palmer October 26, 2016

A life doesn't have to be extraordinary to have an impact in the world. A reminder that we can build lives that have meaning, no matter what cards we're dealt.

BY Omid Safi October 20, 2016

An account of one man's years with the legendary American bard, who spoke to a desire for authenticity, justice, and love.

BY Trent Gilliss October 18, 2016

Meaning and learning present themselves to us in unexpected ways. Commentaries on keeping ourselves open to surprising lenses on life, and to how they can enrich our relationships, our work, and our play.

BY Parker J. Palmer October 12, 2016

Compassion is a virtue, but do we direct it inward as much as outward? Parker Palmer gleans wisdom from Mary Oliver on mending ourselves so that we might be better companions to loved ones in need.

BY Tod Marshall October 10, 2016

In a season of shrill political rhetoric, Washington's poet laureate travels the open road, finding potentiality in the vast landscapes and the communities of his glorious state. Through the arts, he says, we can cultivate a space for the inner life that's at the heart of mystery — and not knowing.

BY Parker J. Palmer October 05, 2016

An autumnal poem from Linda Pastan guides Parker Palmer to a realization: that we can become enraptured with the world around us once again, if only we revive our childlike capacity for wonder.

BY Parker J. Palmer September 28, 2016

Genuine communication is a collaborative process marked by respect. Parker Palmer reminds us of the importance of what we say, how we say it, and how we listen — in politics as in life.

BY Omid Safi September 22, 2016

A true friendship doesn't only bring support and joy, but also challenges us to grow. Omid Safi reflects on the importance of nurturing relationships that acknowledge our imperfections, and nourish the best in us.

BY Parker J. Palmer September 21, 2016

As the days grow shorter and the air grows crisp, Parker Palmer invokes Rainer Maria Rilke on lessons from the season: on having faith when we fall, and trusting in the mysterious resilience of life.

BY Sarah Smarsh September 13, 2016

Reflecting on a tumultuous summer, Sarah Smarsh leans into the gifts that abound amid tragedy and loss, with hope for our unity and our resilience.

BY Trent Gilliss September 06, 2016

To soothe spiritual aches and exult in the bittersweetness of being in the world — a few lines of poetry from beloved voices, from Mary Oliver to Marie Howe.

BY Marie Howe September 06, 2016

Marie Howe marks the space left in her life by her late brother — tiny movements and moments now conspicuously absent. A tender elegy for a loved one gone too soon.

BY Anita Barrows September 05, 2016

In this solemn reflection in summer light, Anita Barrows draws out the sweet tension of sorrow in the midst of beauty.

BY Carrie Newcomer September 03, 2016

A life is composed of the ordinary and extraordinary, remarkable and mundane. An expression of gratitude from Carrie Newcomer for all of it, from big love to good coffee.

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