Yearly Archives: 2011

Poetry As A Spiritual Practice – Shadowed By Fear

What a great adventure I had for almost 5 months from August to December 2011 when I took Peggy Rosenthal’s on-line course sponsored by Image journal – Poetry as a Spiritual Practice. Here below is my response to her assignment  Poems of Loss, Absence, Darkness, and Doubt. The Chandelier Now, I see you. Now I don’t. […]

Sit. Feast On Your Life; and Derek Walcott.

Were there a significant non-consumer surprise for each of us each and every Christmas, what a joy that might be! This Christmas I received a non-consumer surprise, not surprisingly, from a poem: Upstate by Derek Walcott, the West Indian 1992 Nobel  Prize Laureate, born in St. Lucia in 1930. Upstate,  published in the 1981 book […]

Poetry As Spiritual Practice – Rosenthal Course – Still I Pray

Peggy Rosental inspired my first explorations into Poetry As Prayer. When I saw she was offering an on-course on Poetry As Spirtual Practice through Image, the wonderful Arts journal out of Seattle, I signed up! And I am so glad I did. I highly recommend the course. Sadly, I have just one assignment to go out […]

The Evolution of Addiction Treatment

JOIN RICHARD THIS DECEMBER AT: The Evolution of Addiction Treatment A Different Kind of Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment Conference Click HERE for the link to the Conference FRIDAY DECEMBER 9, 2011 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM & SATURDAY DECEMBER 10, 2011 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Wrecking Ball Made of Words – How Poetry […]

No Ordinary Luminary – Dorianne Laux

The American poet Dorianne Laux (1952 – ) was unknown to me when I first met her at the Skagit River Poetry Festival in La Conner, Washington in 2002. But ever since then I have licked up her words like the finest honey. (For more on Laux and her poems see Favorite Poets on the […]

Spells Against Loneliness – Part One

Spring has been a missing person these past few weeks. And in its place the damp chill weather here on Vancouver Island has invited loneliness. The image that captures this loneliness for me is a tree –stripped of leaves and bare. That image stares back at me from all directions these days. And the dark, […]

The Trouble A Poet Is

The American poet, Gregory Orr, shot and killed his brother when he was twelve. It was an accident. In his book called Poetry as Survival he says: “Unbearable word, this ‘accident.’ Unbearable world.” When Orr was eighteen he wrote a poem. “It changed my life,” he says.” I had a sudden sense that the language […]

Three Poets On Suffering

Many years ago I was confronted by this quote attributed to Fyodor Dostoevsky: “There is only one thing I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings.” As I searched on the net to confirm the quote’s attributions I could only find a reference to it in Viktor Frankel’s book Man’s Search For Meaning. Regardless […]

Kathleen Raine – Poetry and the Sacred

As 2010 ended and 2011 begins I have been preoccupied with thoughts of the poet, memoirist and scholar, Kathleen Raine, who died in 2003 aged 95. Ruthlessly honest, she pulled few punches with herself or others. Called by some one of the great poets of the English language she exemplified the poet as mystic, the […]