Beginning Again: Poetry as Somatic Experience & Intimacy With the Marrow of Life
Danusha Laméris began writing poetry from a place of heartbreak. “I’ve buried a lover, a brother, a son,” she writes. Poetry allowed her to become “intimate with world and life, down to the marrow.” Poetic explorations of the ecstatic joy of somatic experience helped her move beyond grief. “Poetry is the body’s bright wailing against its limits." She believes a poem isn’t done until it’s changed her somehow. “I don’t want to be exactly the same person I was when I start out to write the poem.” Laméris is a Poet Laureate emeritus of Santa Cruz County, California. She co-leads the Poetry of Resilience webinars and the HearthFire Writing Community. Poet Naomi Shihab Nye says, “Her poems strike deeply, balancing profound loss and new finding, employing a clear eye, a way of being richly alive with appetite and gusto.” Read Full Bio »
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