Poetry to overcome adversity, and poetry to create identity
Floetic” Nette performed this one minute piece at Poetry for Personal Power Wednesday at Penn Valley Community College. This one is so short and sweet that we wanted to post the text here. This is an awesome example of poetry to create identity.
Floetic . . . → Read More: Poetry to create identity
Brave New Voices – Kansas City’s National Teen Poetry Slam Team
For the last four years, Kansas City has sent a team to Brave New Voices, the national teen poetry slam team. During the school year the Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum hosts a teen poetry slam the fourth Tuesday of every month. . . . → Read More: Will Daniel Christensen make Brave New Voices this year?
There is no corporate sponsor to promote journaling to overcome difficulties, so here we are:
Many different wellness strategies exist for people to get through difficulties. Some strategies have a corporate sponsor, like pharmaceuticals, and thus many people hear about them. Journaling to overcome difficulties is one tool that is very underutilized. However, many of . . . → Read More: Journaling to Overcome Difficulties
I have been car-free (d. not owning a car) or car-lite(d. owning a car but using it on a limited basis) for ten years now.
In 2000, I realized I was living my life for the wrong reasons: just to make a lot of money, accumulate things, get others to respect me for my . . . → Read More: Bill Poindexter’s Car Free American Story
by Corinna West
At Alternatives this year I went to a a youth caucus and two workshops. At the caucus, about eight youth stood up and told about their involvement with the mental health system and how they are working with the consumer movement to make things better for other young adults. The most memorable . . . → Read More: Tamara Johnson on the Power of Youth Voice
While institutionalized for three years as an adolescent in the 1960s, Dorothy Washburn Dundas was labeled a “schizophrenic” and forced to undergo 40 combined insulincoma-electroshock “treatments.” She experienced and witnessed many atrocities and believes that luck, determination, her own anger and one compassionate advocate were her best friends on the road to her ultimate survival . . . → Read More: Dorothy Dundas, “Shock Treatment, 1961″
To escape the beat made by her skull Being bashed into drywall Knuckles chalk white like fists were made out of plaster And no matter how far I run I will always be a bastard Faster and faster my heart beats in time To escape the beat made by her skull Being bashed into . . . → Read More: Zendrix Berndt, “Homeless”
This is a poem about the positives of having schizophrenia. It is about some of the interesting metaphysical experiences I have had. Schizophrenia to me feels like free drugs and it’s something that people shouldn’t fear or pity. It’s just another way to walk the room, it’s just how my brain works. This poem was . . . → Read More: Corinna West, “Your Only Flavor is Vanilla”