How to Heal

Since seeing clients for Reiki and Healing Touch, energy modalities, I’ve been introduced to diseases and disorders entirely new to me. “Say again,” I ask while taking notes on the intake form. Having a diagnosis implies a collection of symptoms, a pattern for which a...

What Poetry Means

  “What does your poetry mean?” asks another well-meaning reader. I stumble for a response, consider how much to say, how any answer misleads. Mine is a poetry of breath and pulse, of blood and bone in a spiral with presence. In return, I may ask, “What does your body...

Breathe, Think, Move

One of my ongoing favorite quotes comes from a James Joyce short story, “A Painful Case.” The first line reads, “Mr. Duffy lived a short distance from his body.” I place the quote at the top of my Writing From the Body syllabus, its premise...
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