poetry as healing

K'in Literary Magazine Issue 2 is Out!

We’re so excited about the new issue!

Beautiful poetry, fiction, and nonfiction! And definitely check out our new amazing Young Writers section!

And we’re reading for the next issue!

Experimental, traditional, playful, prayerful, celebratory, challenging: human—try us. Show us a new way to tell one of the millions of stories under that glorious sun.  

Read, Celebrate, Submit Your Work Here!

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K'in Poetry Spotlight! Beaten Drum Woman by Stephanie Deal

Stephanie Deal grew up in Los Angeles during the 1980s. "My father was full blooded Native-American: Tohono O'odham, and I have never laid eyes upon him. My mother is a gentle woman who never deserved to be treated as the world saw fit. I learned to read for the first time when I was ten years old; I took to it like a fish to water. Books are one of my greatest joys, followed only by my husband and my children. I have made many mistakes in my life, and for it I have suffered. But I have survived and persevered, and am better for that suffering. I write about a number of topics, but closest to my heart is the topic of surviving domestic violence." Stephanie is currently attending college to become a teacher. This is her first publication. 

Read Stephanie's Poem Here

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K'in Poetry Spotlight! Aids to Navigation: A Dead Man Ode by Lauren Reed

Lauren McKenzie Reed received her MFA in Creative Writing from West Virginia University, where she taught for six years. She also has an MA in TESOL and, in addition to teaching and publishing, she has studied and worked in several countries, including Australia, Hong Kong, China, Ukraine, Mali, and Germany. 

Read Lauren's Beautiful Poem Here

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The Story of Light by Peggy Shumaker (from Poetry Foundation)

The Story of Light
by Peggy Shumaker

Think of the woman who first touched fire
to a hollow stone filled with seal oil,
how she fiddled with fuel and flame
until blue shadows before and after her
filled her house.....

Read the rest of this amazing poem at Poetry Foundation. 

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"Maker of the Song She Sings...." Good Morning from K'in!

We are the makers of the songs we sing! 

Read 'The Idea of Order at Key West" by Wallace Stevens at Poetry Foundation

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A Poem for Snow: The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens (from Poetry Foundation)

Good morning from K'in! 

From The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens

 

One must have a mind of winter.... 

......

For the listener, who listens in the snow, 

And, nothing himself, beholds 

Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

 

Read Stevens' Beautiful Poem Here at

 

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Good morning from K'in!  Some thoughts on poetry and healing....

"In Dante’s time, books were sold in apothecary shops: literature as medicine. I learned this when I was very ill, during an acute episode of manic depression, and I was struck by the profound metaphor behind this commercial fact. The apothecary of literature can heal, and I would need it desperately...."

https://www.theguardian.com/global/2016/jun/18/poetry-can-heal-it-helped-me-through-depression

 

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