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Coming in September 2018
“Reggie Marra’s poetry is both raw and sobering, highlighting how violence changes everything it ‘touches’ either by design or by default, whether we are participants or spectators….The spectrum of violence can’t be eliminated; it can be minimized if understood. This book helps us do that.”
– Bob Killackey, Marine Infantry Officer, Combat Veteran, Husband, Parent, and now Public High School Teacher
“Killing America chills me, even after 25 years as a police officer and 15 years in counter terrorism…. Reggie Marra exposes the pain felt by fellow humans, the challenges we face when we take sides, and the compassion we need to see each other’s pain.”
– Christopher Rogers, Father, Husband, Retired Peace Officer and Bomb Technician
“Reggie Marra’s searing, soul-screaming poetry addresses the wielding of power within a democracy: what if the enemy is not from without, but within?…. And what if the collective response from a fatigued nation was merely a shrug, the deaths of human beings simply collateral damage…?
– Joan Hurley, 2008 Connecticut Teacher of the Year, Mother
6 x 9 paper
Cover Art: Whose Heaven? by Ray DiCapua
Charcoal and ink on paper | 48” x 72”
Copyright © 2003 by Ray DiCapua
Please visit https://killing-america.com/ for additional reviews and more information.
I engage writing, coaching and teaching/facilitating as vehicles for self-knowing, ongoing development/transformation, and healing. My interest and expertise are in humans and development (as opposed to any particular profession), and my clients come from diverse backgrounds, including business, education, healthcare and the arts.
I currently do this work through my private coaching and writing practices, and through my associations with Teleosis Institute and Integral Coaching Canada. Past affiliations include Maryland University of Integrative Health and The Graduate Institute, among others.
My personal experience, and my experiences with clients have convinced, and continue to convince me that the three ‘goals’ above – self-knowing, development/ transformation, and healing, are essential and inevitably present and available to each of us.
Lasting change (i.e. true transformation) often emerges through three broad avenues:
• grace – something shifts, we don’t understand it exactly, and we see and behave in the world in a new way
• tragedy/suffering – something unexpected, such as loss, illness or injury, happens and as we attempt to live with and through it, we learn to see and behave in the world in a new way
• commitment to intentional practice – we choose to learn to see and behave in the world in a new way, and we engage practice(s) that help us develop the capacities and/or competencies to do so
We can wait around for grace, try to avoid tragedy/suffering, or commit to practice – whatever “practice” might mean amid our current worldview, circumstances, needs and desires.
Toward the end of making intentional development more easily accessible (not necessarily easy), I engage a variety of tools and methods that include but are not limited to:
- Integral Coaching®
- Voice Dialogue
- Poetry, writing, and “language-at-large”
- Soulcraft® – as that term is used by Bill Plotkin and Animas Valley Institute
- Leadership Agility 360® Assessment
- Various forms of inquiry, informed by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey’s Immunity to Change®, Byron Katie’s The Work®, and others
- Integral Theory and Applications (which allow me to see with ongoing clarity how “all of this” fits and functions)
- A commitment to the roles of innocence, wisdom, compassion, vulnerability, love, forgiveness, courage, kindness, mystery and a sense of humor as we negotiate the exquisite goofiness and gravitas of our existence
If you have any questions about anything on (or not on) this site, please call or email. I’d love to chat.
Fillet of Soul With a Dark Night Glaze
- If you enjoy poetry, and would like a poetic taste of some of what informs me and my work (and play), click on the first photo of me (dressed in black, talking with my hands) on the sidebar. Enjoy! →
The Quality of Effort
- If you’re interested in The Quality of Effort: Integrity in Sport and Life for Student-Athletes, Parents, and Coaches (a sane approach to youth, interscholastic and intercollegiate sports), this link will take you to that site in a new window (http://qualityofeffort.com/).
Living Poems, Writing Lives
- If you’re interested in engaging poetry and poetry writing as vehicles for self-knowing and transformation, click here (or on the “Workshops” tab above), and check out the now-in-process Living Poems, Writing Lives site from time to time as it takes shape during the summer and autumn of 2014.
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