Poetry

Poetry and Me

I flirted with Poetry for many years,
with spurts of writing occurring
over the decades.
Poetry became a lover a few years ago.
We had many passionate encounters.
Two years ago,
I asked Poetry to marry me.
She agreed.
I do my best to be an attentive spouse.
I meet her daily to let her move
through me,
around me,
with me.
I can’t imagine my life without her.

Do you also want a life with Poetry? As a flirtation? As a lover? As a spouse?
Sign up for The Initiation. A 30 day experience with Poetry.

Spoken Word

"Poetry is not a fancy way of giving you information; it's an incantation. It is actually a magic spell. It changes things; it changes you."

Philip Pullman

Poetry

Blood to Dust

8 January 2024

Sitting on raw earth We offering ourselves. Blood to dust. In love we trust. Calling in your womb lineages. Calling in mine. Receive the transmission from my DNA, my stem cells. No more pain. Spread the ash of the old over your body as an honouring. My blood speaks to your body. Circling around your…

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Lullaby

7 January 2024

A night jar cries like a squeaky swing. Guinea fowl stutter at the stars. Frogs croak in the cloak of darkness. Insects softly hum. Nature’s night song spreads onto the thick country silence. My body tired, but awake. Landing from a busy day, slowly slips into the comforting layers of sound as they gently lull…

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Sunset with Ticiana

2 January 2024

Cotton candy clouds. Brilliant gold sun setting into crisp aqua sea. As we rest against the sand dunes, the sun also sets on our time together. I know you don’t like goodbyes. I savour this last day, knowing we may never meet again. Gratitude for you and I.

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Not so Happy New Year

1 January 2024

On a day of new beginnings I marinate in old patterns. I sit here in a pity stew of my own making. Adding copious onions, Shedding a thousands tears as I slice each one. I see all the same ingredients. Yet, I am numb and do not make a change. Adding too much salt it…

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Fantasy Dance

27 December 2023

My body still remembers when I had a crush on you. How I used to search for you on the dance floor. It knows your silhouette, they way you dance. I think your body remembers mine too, your body shudders when I bring my fingers to my lips. We have too many differences to come…

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The Day You Ubered Me Lychees

17 December 2023

When love arrives at my door sweet like ripe lychees. I do not hesitate. Eager fingers rushing to peel. Juices bursting from their constraints running down. Soft slippery flesh meets lips slides onto my tongue. I savour this ball of flavour. Then pluck the next one.

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Our Altar

17 December 2023

We say goodbye to this altar. Countless times we died here. Countless times we were reborn. We offered ourselves. Humbly. In devotion. To each other. Tears mix with oil as my hands glide over you. This body I know so well. That has trembled before me so many times. Raw. Open. Vulnerable. With this final…

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Silent Poet

3 December 2023

I censor myself. Afraid of hurting. Yet words need birthing. So I midwife myself. Silent labouring onto blank page. Birthing newborn poems for no one else to hold. Embracing them – slippery, gurgling, against my wild, pulsing heart – is enough.

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Is Poetry a Hobby?

25 November 2023

When someone asks if my poetry is a hobby, I sigh. How to explain? This peeling away of skin. This delving into my inner landscape. This seeing my outer landscape with new born eyes. How to explain? This love affair with a Muse. Who guides me into difficult and wondrous places. Who demands that I…

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The Initation

'30 Days of Poetry' Writing Groups

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Join our sacred poetry and writing container for 30 days where a WhatsApp group of three to five people (including myself) share their work with each other. It is unguided and unstructured.

The group is to inspire each other and hold each other accountable to write one piece of writing per day.

Use this opportunity to meet your craft. I invite you to use it as a spiritual practice.

Your daily offering can be written, spoken word and improv spoken word. You can include pics, recordings, videos.

The Initiation is currently $USD33 or $23/R300 for the global south.

Starting on the first of the month

The 30 days of poetry was an invitation to be accountably productive poetically speaking.

Knowing a poem was going to emerge from the day, my senses were more attuned to moments which otherwise may have gone unnoticed. Actually writing the poem each day was a glorious process of distillation of those moments.

Reading the other participants's poems was a privilege and joy.

Patty

Participating in the 30 days of poetry gave my poems a compass as well as a container to breathe in. It was a gift to open my writing senses with intention & to know that they had an open hearted space to land in everyday. It wasn't about perfecting each piece but more around the practise of standing in my expression without it having to make sense. Even if it was just a single line that made it onto the page in a day. That was enough. After the 30days it became part of my natural flow in a day. I missed it once it came to a close & am grateful to say I am meeting the page more frequently since. Thank you for the ignition Tara, wishing you & those who gather for these in the future continued inspiration & illumination.

Claire

Having partaken in Tara's poem-a-day extravaganza,  I've made some remarkable discoveries about how creativity manifests.  And how the Kaj bit of the Universe expresses the Universe. 

Although I approached each day's poem like a grumpy schoolboy begrudging homework, I always came out the other side uplifted and reminded of my interconnectedness to everything.   

It was a game-changer for me. 

To just show up was reward enough. But what came through me was surprisingly bountiful and life-affirming.

Kaj

I want to share a little of what an unexpectedly profound and moving experience, being in this sacred container with you, has been.

The process was challenging and difficult at times, but I have found that even when I wasn't flowing and had to force myself to keep the commitment, the result had a deep gift or insight for me.  I have found the capacity to express some deep soul and self truths that I have not been able to express through numerous other avenues and modalities including psychotherapy, Jungian analysis, plant medicines and shamanic constellation therapy. 

I also found magic in reading all of the poems and sensing a field we constellated for a time that was very connected.  On quite a few occasions I had a theme or expression brewing in me, and then one of the group would post their poem covering that very theme in a new and different way. So I really want to express my eternal gratitude to you Tara for sharing this practice and facilitating the safe, uncommented, un-judged space where I have found a way to articulate things I have never before been able to.  And thank you to my other group members for participating with me, witnessing and sharing your magic.  

I am changed forever and pray I never forget this and keep up this commitment to writing and sharing it somehow.

Mike

I notice how sitting in front of a piece of white paper and letting the words come is helping me to understand myself better, but mostly it's a way of getting in touch with my feelings.

I'm also using my entries in therapy, and it helps the therapist to understand me better.

Feeling grateful for this challenge.

Silvia 

I have been doing Tara's 30 days of Poetry for several consecutive months now. I can not more highly recommend it. The daily practice has changed my life. The commitment to checking in deeply with myself every single day. The daily elegant efficiency of distilling out the essence of what is most alive in me in the present moment. The journaling of my unfolding process. The practice of excavating my authentic truth in a nutshell, of learning to find my words, of processing my experiences and expressing my emotions fully, of finding my boundaries along with my creative flow. Of cultivating my mind into a playful companion. Of scribing the narrative so I can finally let it go. Complete freedom of expression into a safe confidential container able to hold it all. Cathartic and contained, deep healing, a kind of group therapy for the soul.
It's next level.
Potent Powerful Medicine.

Gillian

My experience of Tara’s Poetry Initiation has been so rich. Thirty days quickly turned to sixty days and I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to stop?!

Weaving words and truth in such a unique setting has enriched my days with clarity, satisfaction and meaning. What a unique experience — to be held accountable for showing up each day, to witness such a colourful range of poetic perspectives, and to share so openly with strangers. This practice has expanded the way I observe and perceive, as if I am learning a new language or relearning an ancient one.

What an honour and a pleasure to have been initiated into the world of poetry by a guide as graceful and gorgeous as Tara. Her energy specifically plays a big role in the way I find myself showing up in this space. She possesses a depth and wisdom that make this experience what it is. This container has left me feeling more myself than when I started, and I am deeply grateful.

Thank you, Tara, for creating an environment that feels so safe and supported, and is so alive with playfulness, tenderness, humour, inspiration, catharsis, creativity and feeling.

Amy

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