How Poetry Saved My Life

The author describes, through prose and poetry, her experiences as a prostitute in Vancouver, which nearly destroyed her life, and how she found a new start as an author and poet.

Author: Amber Dawn

Publisher: Arsenal Pulp PressLtd

ISBN: 1551525003

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 156

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The author describes, through prose and poetry, her experiences as a prostitute in Vancouver, which nearly destroyed her life, and how she found a new start as an author and poet.

How Poetry Saved My Life

HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE There wasn't a voice from above no tunnel of light I didn't awaken in a hospital room to doctors cheering, you're a lucky young lady you almost didn't make it There was a missing women poster wrapped around a ...

Author: Amber Dawn

Publisher: arsenal pulp press

ISBN: 9781551525013

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

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City of Vancouver Book Award winner Lambda Award winner Amber Dawn’s sophomore book reveals a poignant and personal landscape—the terrain of sex work, queer identity, and survivor pride. This memoir told in prose and poetry offers a frank, multifaceted portrait of the author’s experience, from hustling the streets of Vancouver in the mid-90s to her present life as an outspoken feminist storyteller.

Write a Poem Save Your Life

My whole life, I've written poems and songs that saved me. Writing helps me connect with myself, name the feelings that threaten to consume me, pour myself into the deep and meticulous work of crafting a poem or song, and turn my pain ...

Author: Meredith Heller

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781608687497

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 272

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“Join Heller on her quest to help save the world, one poet at a time.” — from the foreword by Susan G. Wooldridge Write a Poem, Save Your Life helps writers of all ages and experience levels navigate their way through all aspects of life. With writing prompts, tools, encouragement, and moving student examples, Meredith Heller gently guides us in the art of using poetry to figure out who we are and what matters to us and to heal the deeper issues many of us face, such as depression, addiction, health and body image issues, low self-esteem, trauma, gender and sexual identity issues, and home and family problems. Along the way, we learn that writing poems helps us believe in ourselves, make positive life choices, and find direction, purpose, and meaning.

Saved by a Poem

An Accidental Grace It would be decades before poetry again “arrived in search of me,” as Pablo Neruda says. Twenty-three years later, in 1994, the practice of living poems by heart seized me and became a path that would save my life.

Author: Kim Rosen

Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN: 9781401926762

Category: Poetry

Page: 208

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Can someone really be saved by a poem? In Kim Rosen’s book, the answer is a re­sounding "Yes!" Poetry, the most ancient form of prayer, is a necessary medicine for our times: a companion through difficulty; a guide when we are lost; a salve when we are wounded; and a conduit to an inner source of joy, freedom, and insight. Whether you are a lover of poetry or have yet to discover its power, Rosen offers a new way to experience a poem. She encourages you to feel the poem as you might an affirmation or sacred text, which can align every level of your being. In an uncertain world, Saved by a Poem is an emphatic call to cultivate the ever-renewable resources of the heart. Through poetry, the unspeakable can be spoken, the unendurable endured, and the miraculous shared. Weaving teaching, story, verse, and memoir, Rosen guides you to find a poem that speaks to you so you can take it into your life and become a voice for its wisdom in the world. Inspirational audio download included! Featuring the voices of well-known authors reading a favorite poem and discussing its personal significance: Joan Borysenko, Andrew Harvey, Jane Hirshfield, Marie Howe, Grace Yi-Nan Howe, Robert Holden, Stanley Kunitz, Elizabeth Lesser, Thomas Moore, Christiane Northrup, Cheryl Richardson, Kim Rosen, and Geneen Roth.

MUTE Poems That Saved My Life

I don't want to be the last one to give up isolation. I don't want to be the last one to be honest with myself. I don't want to be the last one to be forgiven. POETRY MUTE: Poems That Saved My Life! is an inspirational.

Author: Vidya Gargote

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 9781452520438

Category: Poetry

Page: 210

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MUTE: Poems That Saved My Life! is an inspirational assortment of verses that is filled with the beautiful emotions of my journey. Readers will be able to associate themselves with my journey through these rhymes. The soul of this book lies in helping understand our own emotions. We all know what depression is, but this book brings out the nuances. We reject that we have depression and fall prey to its games. I suggest we radically accept it and bring major changes in our life. This is where you will find the difference between the dark and the light. You can make profound changes in your life only when you understand yourself better.

Killing Poetry

Reflecting on the alchemy of the space, Darnell “Poetic” Davenport, a former gang member, told me in August 2008, “The Lounge literally saved my life, and I'm not just saying that to say it. This poetry stuff really saved my life.

Author: Javon Johnson

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813580036

Category: Poetry

Page: 170

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In recent decades, poetry slams and the spoken word artists who compete in them have sparked a resurgent fascination with the world of poetry. However, there is little critical dialogue that fully engages with the cultural complexities present in slam and spoken word poetry communities, as well as their ramifications. In Killing Poetry, renowned slam poet, Javon Johnson unpacks some of the complicated issues that comprise performance poetry spaces. He argues that the truly radical potential in slam and spoken word communities lies not just in proving literary worth, speaking back to power, or even in altering power structures, but instead in imagining and working towards altogether different social relationships. His illuminating ethnography provides a critical history of the slam, contextualizes contemporary black poets in larger black literary traditions, and does away with the notion that poetry slams are inherently radically democratic and utopic. Killing Poetry—at times autobiographical, poetic, and journalistic—analyzes the masculine posturing in the Southern California community in particular, the sexual assault in the national community, and the ways in which related social media inadvertently replicate many of the same white supremacist, patriarchal, and mainstream logics so many spoken word poets seem to be working against. Throughout, Johnson examines the promises and problems within slam and spoken word, while illustrating how community is made and remade in hopes of eventually creating the radical spaces so many of these poets strive to achieve.

a writers ambition

Poetry Poetry saved my life, to ease my mind I need to write I been with poetry for a while Maybe since I was a child If I didn't have poetry I'd be in trouble Because writing keeps my anger covered It has saved me from fights I can ...

Author: TeErra Jones


ISBN: 9780557282654



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A God in the House

Poets Talk About Faith Ilya Kaminsky, Katherine Towler ... There is a great poet, I won't mention his name, who said, “Poetry isn't therapy.” I think it is, ... Am I one of those idiots who goes around saying that poetry saved my life?

Author: Ilya Kaminsky

Publisher: Tupelo Press

ISBN: 9781936797332

Category: Religion

Page: 286

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Editors Ilya Kaminsky and Katherine Towler have gathered conversations with nineteen of America’s leading poets, reflecting upon their diverse experiences with spirituality and the craft of writing. Bringing together poets who are Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Native American, Wiccan, agnostic, and otherwise, this book offers frank and thoughtful consideration of themes too often polarized and politicized in our society. Participants include Li-Young Lee, Jane Hirshfield, Carolyn Forché, Gerald Stern, Christian Wiman, Joy Harjo, and Gregory Orr, and others, all wrestling with difficult questions of human existence and the sources of art.

A Whisper Past

Preface: A Poem Saved My Life It has taken me over 20 years to write my story. It was hard to write, because it brought back a lot of bad memories. Being a very private person,I haven't told many ofthese stories before, but I know now ...

Author: Leilani Muir

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 9781460234709

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 232

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Leilani Muir was severely abused by her mother, who told many lies in order to have her daughter admitted to the Provincial Training School for Mental Defectives in Red Deer at the age of 11 and branded a moron. But Muir never was mentally defective and never should have been in that institution in the first place. Because of a terrible injustice, a normal child became an insider in a mental institution and is now able to convey to us what life was like there in the 1950s. She tells about how she was briefly questioned by the Alberta Eugenics Board and then sterilized by two clumsy physicians under the guise of having her appendix removed. The agony of her many later attempts to have the sterilization operation reversed is described in detail. She eventually launched a lawsuit against the Alberta government and won an important judgement that led to compensation being paid to hundreds of other victims. After the trial, she became a public figure and continues to speak against all forms of child abuse and discrimination against the disabled. This is Leilani Muir’s story in her own words.

How Literature Saved My Life

essay on the Library of America edition ofjohn Ashbery's poetry (which includes the poem “Leaving the Atocha Station”), his poet friends Cyrus Console and Geoffrey G. O'Brien, his psychologist parents (his mother is the feminist writer ...

Author: David Shields

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307961532

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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“Reading How Literature Saved My Life is like getting to listen in on a really great, smart, provocative conversation. The book is not straightforward, it resists any single interpretation, and it seems to me to constitute nothing less than a new form.” ––Whitney Otto In this wonderfully intelligent, stunningly honest, painfully funny book, acclaimed writer David Shields uses himself as a representative for all readers and writers who seek to find salvation in literature. Blending confessional criticism and anthropological autobiography, Shields explores the power of literature (from Blaise Pascal’s Pensées to Maggie Nelson’s Bluets, Renata Adler’s Speedboat to Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past) to make life survivable, maybe even endurable. Shields evokes his deeply divided personality (his “ridiculous” ambivalence), his character flaws, his woes, his serious despairs. Books are his life raft, but when they come to feel un-lifelike and archaic, he revels in a new kind of art that is based heavily on quotation and consciousness. And he shares with us a final irony: he wants “literature to assuage human loneliness, but nothing can assuage human loneliness. Literature doesn’t lie about this––which is what makes it essential.” A captivating, thought-provoking, utterly original way of thinking about the essential acts of reading and writing.