Why Hire A Poet to Help Your Company?

Recently, I found myself on a blind date. After the awkward settling in at the table, perfunctory introductions and basics, my date began talking about his business, his travels to Japan, his grown children, his previous jobs, his hobbies. I really was trying to focus, but his voice had this lulling effect. Finally, he seemed to remember that he didn’t actually know me…

Out Across the Divide, a Net of Words

I have always loved language, and especially poetry, for its exactness and its clarity. Poet Donald Hall suggests that poetry is “saying the unsayable,” which I think is the perfect bridge to the notion of god or spirit. How can we use language, ultimately a clumsy, inexact tool, to say something that is really important…

Football: Poetry in Motion

The Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl on Sunday. I was so happy for my city, having never won the Lombardi trophy before, and I was happy for the players, and Coach Carroll, and the families of the players and the 12th Man fans. It was exciting and a wonderful example of tenacity, focus and…

A Powerful Verse

This is a lovely video featuring Robin Williams’ speech for the boys in Dead Poets Society, one of my favorite films. He reminds the prep school boys moving towards their career pursuits and the future ahead that poetry, art, passion is the thing that makes us sing, makes us love, makes us want to live…

Libby’s Intro to “Somehow”

Letter to a Potentially Reluctant Reader First, let me just say this: I’m sorry for all your teachers who made you hate poetry, or at least those who just weren’t able, in their misguided intentions, to help you love it as your own. I ask you to let go of some old story that it’s…