Converging in Solidarity: Fostering Community and Belonging through Poetry Therapy
A Small Moment
I walk into the bakery next door
To my apartment. They are about
To pull some sort of toast with cheese
From the oven. When I ask:
What’s that smell? I am being
A poet, I am asking
What everyone else in the shop
Wanted to ask, but somehow couldn’t;
I am speaking on behalf of two other
Customers who wanted to buy the
Name of it. I ask the woman
Behind the counter for a percentage
Of her sale. Am I flirting?
Am I happy because the days
Are longer? Here’s what
She does: She takes her time
Choosing the slices. “I am picking
Out the good ones,” she tells me. It’s
April 14th. Spring, with five to ten
Degrees to go. Some days, I feel my duty;
Some days, I love my work.
Poem copyright © 1997 by Cornelius Eady, from Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems (Putnam, 2008). Reprinted by permission of Cornelius Eady.
The National Association for Poetry Therapy, Inc. (NAPT) is a nonprofit, international, and interdisciplinary organization promoting growth and healing through written language, symbol, and story. Members represent a wide range of professional experience, schools of therapy, educational affiliations, artistic disciplines, and other fields of training in both mental and physical health. In addition to its professional membership, NAPT welcomes all people who are interested in the power of the healing word. We hope you will be able to learn from the many workshops, lectures, and informal networking opportunities available. We trust you will be inspired to absorb, reflect, and write. Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram or www.poetrytherapy.org to contact the NAPT Board and for more information about NAPT.
I wish to thank the entire Board for being able to work together to ensure that NAPT grows and thrives as we move into the future. I am deeply honored to have this opportunity to work with such a dynamic and talented group of individuals. I want to thank all the pre- and post-workshop, regular workshop, and special events presenters for help shaping this year’s conference program. I also wish to thank the Proposal Review Committee, which consisted of S, Karen vanMeenen, Jenna Robinson, and Cynthia Holloway-Kelvin, who worked together to select the wonderful workshops offered at this year’s conference and our Public Relations & Social Media Chair Cynthia Holloway-Kelvin for her help and support. I particularly want to thank Barbara Kriesberg and Nick Mazza for their support, dedication and leadership, but most of all for their unwavering patience, kindness and friendship.
Catherine Tanguis, MA, NBCT, CAPF
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