Living Poems, Writing Lives: Spirit, Self and the Art of Poetry

Summer 2014

Living Poems, Writing Lives now has it’s own website (available now and still in process). It will be the go-to place for:

  1. Updates on the forthcoming revised edition
  2. Practices for applying the tools of poetry to both living your poems and writing your life.
  3. Selections of Reggie’s poems
  4. Whatever emerges that feels relevant…

Click here to visit.

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A limited number of copies of the 1st edition are still available:

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“Traveling with Marra is like following a wise teacher down a long hallway as he keeps opening doors for you, saying ‘Maybe this is the one for you… or would you rather take a look at what’s in here?’
“….So, like the best of poems, Living Poems, Writing Lives is a work that will speak to readers in different ways…. Is it a guide to a greater appreciation of poetry? Will it help you find new poems to write, and more tools to employ in your writing? Will it teach you about new ways to appreciate the world we live in and the people we relate to? Yes, yes, and again, yes.”
-Mary Caprio, in The Museletter: News and Resources from the
National Association  for 
Poetry Therapy, March 2005

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Full Reviews:

The Museletter: News and Resources from the National Association  for Poetry
Therapy
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by Mary Caprio (excerpted above)

Journal of Poetry Therapy, by Sherry Reiter, Ph.D., Director, The Creative “Righting” Center, NYC (excerpted below)

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“Marra writes with intelligence, compassion, and humor.  If you’ve read Natalie Goldberg, Julia Cameron, and John Fox, you will still want to read Living Poems, Writing Lives.”
-Sherry Reiter, Ph.D., in Journal of Poetry Therapy
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Contents

1. Structure: Knowing Our Foundations

2. The Line: Honoring Episodes and Building a Life 

3. Imagery: Juxtaposing Words & Deeds

4. Point of View: Who Are We, Really?

5. Metaphor: Life Is a Gift…a Journey…a Trial…a War?

6. Drama: The Reality and Theater of Conflict 

7. Diction: The Choices We Make 

8. Punctuation: Personality and the Sentence of Life 

9. Rhythm: Going With (and Controlling) the Flow

10. Revision: Interpretation, Truthfulness, and the Story of a Life

11. Theme: Big Pictures and Unifying Ideas

12. Texture: Integrity, Quality, and the Overall Feel

13. Completion: Illusions, Endings, and the Denial of Death

Appendix I: Human Development Overview

Appendix II: Time Line

Notes

      Annotated Bibliography

Index
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“Living Poems, Writing Lives is inspired, creative, deep, and original in its scope and breadth.”
-Michael DeMaria, Ph.D., Author of Ever Flowing On, Founder and Director,
ONTOS:  A Center for Being, Sarasota, FL
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Excerpt from the Introduction.

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