One of my favorite prompts for writing into
vulnerable spaces is to use the first line from
a poem by Pablo Neruda, “Tonight I can write the
saddest lines.” What a great invitation to
notice what we are hiding, even from ourselves.
When he invites himself to write the saddest
lines, I think he’s summoning his courage to
write what he knows is true—even if he wishes it
weren’t. And almost every truth he arrives at is
When I dare to write with such honesty and
transparency, I am astonished by how healing it
can be, how illuminating, how freeing. These are
not always poems to share—but the process itself
allows for curiosity and even a radical
When we can find this expansiveness in
ourselves, what a gift! And from this place, we
can honor and bring out that expansiveness in
each other, too. We do it simply by showing up
and being available to however others show up.
It’s a willingness to see through their walls
and masks and see them as they are, as we all
are, slivers of divinity.
photo: Ben Lehman
|Slipping Into Something a
Little Less Comfortable: The art of changing
metaphors: That was the theme of my TEDx talk in
Paonia, Colorado, in February. As soon as the talk
is available on You Tube, I will post it here … how
might you change your life (and the world!) if you
could identify and change just one of the metaphors
framing your thoughts?
the TEDx talk
HERE—and share it with your
What Do You Call A Group of
Poets? A Heard! I’ve partnered with the San Juan
Independent to launch an interactive poetry map,
Heard of Poets: Poems from Colorado’s Western Slope.
Each week we feature a new poet.
Find it here.
You know when you have a
dream, and then it comes true? For years I have
been submitting to Rattle (www.rattle.com),
one of my favorite poetry journals, and I have
received many lovely rejection letters. But in the
last couple months, I’ve been lucky enough to win
their Ekphrastic Challenge, twice! And another poem
of mine was chosen for their Poets Respond feature.
Here are links to three poems featured by this
“After My Friend Phyllis Shows Me the New
York Times Obituary Headline” (link)
“It Won’t Make the News” (link)
Retreats: Want to immerse yourself in
creativity? I will be co-leading two retreats this
summer and fall—the first is with painter Brucie
Holler, a retreat just for women in Telluride,
Colorado, and the second is a meditation and poetry
retreat with dharma teacher Susie Harrington in La
Sal, Utah. You can find both of these events, and
more, in my
Upcoming Book and Art Show! Lithic
Press will be publishing a collection of three-line
poems and three-line illustrations I’ve done in
collaboration with artist Jill Sabella. Look for the
collection by November 2016, plus a gallery show at
81430 in Telluride in October and November. More on
A Little More on Yes:
A fabulous poet, Drew Myron, recently contacted
me—what a gift! Like me, she loves the word “yes”
and asked me to contribute to her site,
3 Good Books (link),
by writing a bit about my three favorite books on
the subject “yes.” There are many great books
recommendations on this site. Plus,
Drew has a cool
blog and website
Tethered by Letters—This wonderful resource
for writers recently invited me to do a Q & A.
Read it here.
A Daily Dose of Poetry:
To read my daily poems, check
out my blog