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Arrowed Cloud – The Use of Poetry in Therapy

“He’s not cooperative,” his teacher warned me when I called to find out more about the boy who’d been referred to me for speech-language therapy. “He’ll find a hundred excuses to not do the work.” “Sounds creative,” I interjected. “He is,” the teacher conceded, “but it is exhausting.” For him, too, I was sure. “You’d […]

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Joseph, Adolf and Vladimir

March 20 is World Poetry Day and this month we bring you a very topical poem by Warwick Middleton, which illustrates the way poetry can be used to explore both past and contemporary traumas. Joseph the priest, Adolf the painter and Vladimir, the spy, Humanity weeps and seeks to question – the how and the why…They […]

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The Therapeutic Benefit of Poetry: Poetry Therapy and the Impact of Poetic Dialogue

This article has been previously published in California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy magazine, The Therapist, and is reprinted here with permission of the authors, Perie Longo, MFT, and Phyllis Klein, LCSW From the beginning of time, poetry has been a means for people to express their deepest emotions and create healing in ritual and ceremony. […]

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Poet’s Corner Provides Stunning Presentation for ISSTD’s First Asia-Pacific Conference

ISSTD’s very own poetry group – ‘Poet’s Corner’ has provided a fantastic presentation as part of the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in November 2021. By way of background, Poet’s Corner formed rather organically in 2020-2021 – and in fact they first presented at our last annual conference. Since then, this group has grown and continued to […]

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Poet’s Corner

This month I asked our resident Poets to contribute something for ISSTD News. I received such generous and diverse responses that it was hard to pick just three. Warwick Middleton’s poignant poem explores the discovery that an old friend has been a victim of domestic violence. Ericha Hitchcock Scott explores themes of strength in ‘BackBone […]

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Poetry: Celebrating Shared Humanity

Fun Fact: March 20 is World Poetry Day. (Yes, I didn’t know this either, until I became Editor of ISSTD News.) United Nations started world poetry day in 1999 to celebrate the shared linguistic traditions of all cultures. They write: “Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, […]

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Welcome to ISSTD’s new Poet’s Corner Group

Given that it is World Poetry Day on 21 March, it seems an appropriate time to write about an exciting new venture. A group of ISSTD Members has recently decided to form a group for people interested in writing, reading and listening to poetry. The genesis for this group began some months ago. The International […]

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Be Prompted by LOVE

My call out for contributions to this edition of Creative Space was simply the word LOVE. I was thrilled to receive Mindy Jacobson’s Altered Books art. Her images are beautiful and bold (and for our U.S members I deliberately didn’t say bold and beautiful!). Mindy’s art work is a journey of love, of abandonment, of […]

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