This video, from Wainwright House in Rye, NY, is a recent presentation of the poem, preceded by about 4 minutes of the story behind the poem.
If you’d like to read the poem on the page, the best way (for both of us) is for you to purchase a copy of And Now, Still: Grave and Goofy Poems, which is available on Amazon, and also available here, at a 30% discount if you use this code when you check out: ADXSKKVR.
Buy the book and you’ll get 44 additional poems and help feed me. Great deal!
If, of course, you’d like to read the poem without supporting the arts by buying a book that helps feed a poet, you can click on the right sidebar photo of me dressed in black and talking with my hands. A PDF will appear. And I’ll still need to be fed.
Some months ago I was asked to write a “healing narrative” as part of a larger project with some Integral Coaching® colleagues. Through our work together, which is ongoing, I came to see that I have negotiated, and continue to negotiate, grief and healing in my life through 5 practices or modalities – writing, meditation, physical exercise, being/wandering in nature, and relationship/conversation.
More recently, I was invited by Dr. Robert Wright, Jr. and Christine Wright to explore grief and healing in an interview as part of their ongoing series for Stress Free Now.
The interview is just under 33 minutes, downloadable, and accessible by clicking here.
In upcoming blogs, I will explore each of the 5 healing modalities individually.
My interview with Dr. Robert Wright, Jr. and Christine Wright, founders of Stress Free Now, began with a focus on Integral Coaching® and Healing, and took us in a variety of wonderful directions.
Over the course of our time together, we explored a brief overview of a comprehensive, balanced (integral) approach to coaching, and to living a full life,and touched on self-awareness, self-compassion, “why ‘integral’?” and even what might bring folks to a bar to watch the Super Bowl or World Cup together.
How might Integral Coaching® and poetry, respectively and collaboratively, facilitate true transformation, you ask?
Lindsay Kelkres and I explore these questions and others in her show, Art Actions: Featuring Newtown Art and Artists, which aired in June on CTV 21 in Connecticut. Thanks to Lindsay and the folks at CTV 21 for sharing the show with a larger audience now.
See the bullets below the screen for some of the areas we explore.
A deep bow of gratitude to Lindsay, who asked me wonderfully open-ended questions and allowed me to reflect, riff, respond and rant in an open-ended way, and who captures the essence of our conversation through her skillful editing – no small task.
If you like where we go in this exchange, please like and comment on the show on Lindsay’s Facebook page, on YouTube, and on this page as well.
Here’s a taste of some of the areas we explored:
The respective benefits of reading and writing poetry
What is a poem? (yikes)
How poetry differs from other forms of writing
Why bother writing poetry
When is a poem finished (how I “know”)
Common obstacles to learning to write poetry
How poetry helps us learn about ourselves
How other poets and poems affect and inspire
Inspiration: when, where and how it may come
What is Integral Coaching®
Why Integral Coaching® and why ICC
How Integral Coaching® helps people
How certainty and fear inhibit development
Does all art lead to self-transformation
One life skill for everyone in the world???? 34:50 (YIKES!)
Are we all artists?
Two poems for you…
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