poetry

poetry

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.

By Trent Gilliss November 11, 2013

Rachel Button sent us this poem marking the parades that often go unacknowledged on Veterans Day.

By Trent Gilliss July 09, 2013

With his "heart full to bursting," Egyptian-American poet Yahia Lababidi writes a short poem for his native homeland.

June 10, 2013

A new generation of Asian-American poets are finding power of expression in slam poetry. For Bao Phi, it's the lifeblood of exploring his identity in America.

June 04, 2013

A wandering reflection arriving at a "found poem." The muse? Our show with Marie Howe. Simply marvelous.

May 29, 2013

A bartender who was born and raised in Jamaica sent us this lovely essay in response to our latest show. A testament to the power of poetry and pursuit.

May 26, 2013

When one's pen goes silent for three years, what's the first line to come out. Christian Wiman tell us. Listen to his beautiful reading of "Every Riven Thing" too.

May 23, 2013

Rilke follows the course of change through seasons and captures the loneliness of uncertainty in everyday life. Includes Joanna Macy's brilliant reading of "Onto a Vast Plain."

May 12, 2013

On this Mother's Day, in some odd way, I can think of no more fitting tribute than to listen to Ms. Boorstein reciting these lovely lines from Pablo Neruda.

May 04, 2013

Our weekly wrap-up with poetry and prose, stories of Easter dishes from afar and links to things we're reading in the news and blogging worlds!

May 01, 2013

With a simple idea and chalk, street art welcomes people to stand inside "happiness" to "provoke thought about what happiness is."

May 01, 2013

A poem about friendship and intimacy, waiting and being present in the moment that is heartbreaking and heartening in its song.

April 29, 2013

As we rush forward into the work week, a poem to slow us down, turn us about, and maybe just maybe, laugh at ourselves. Marie Howe reads her poem "Hurry."

April 28, 2013

Listen to Marie Howe read these striking lines from her poem. Her ability to read her own work is marvelous.

March 08, 2013

On International Women's Day, an exploration of notions of womanhood through the great lyrical voices of Rilke, Whitman, and de Chardin in remembrance of the writer's mother.

February 07, 2013

A community college professor responds to Seth Godin's story with his student's poetry.

January 27, 2013

This week's On Being roundup: Learning to be of interest to each other from Richard Blanco and Elizabeth Alexander, a guided meditation, and Twitter conversation about what the rise of "Nones" really says about America's religious landscape.

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