The aim of expressive poetry writing is to roam freely with words. Express anything that comes to your mind. Poetry is like a form of mental dancing. Your mental "mind-moves" do not need to make rational sense.
We all have a free voice that is uncensored, not carefully planning what to say next. Finding mental fluidity of takes practice. Spontaneous poetry invites new insights to arise.
1. Reach into the edges of your mind and express what is unique, free, honest and uniquely you.
2. Explore the line between what you think your should say, and what you need to say.
3. Express what feels forbidden for you to say. Create poetry that expresses what you honestly feel.
4. Be creative with your poem's structure. Try writing very short poems that take a few minutes and long poems that take days to write.
Writing expressive poetry is a way to listen to your original voice. Writer Henry Miller found his original voice by allowing himself to write from the edges of his mind, "Immediately I heard my own voice, I was enchanted: the fact that it was a separate, unique voice sustained me. It didn't matter to me if what I wrote should be considered bad. Good and bad dropped out of my vocabulary....My life became a work of art. I had found my voice. I was whole again."
Benefits of Poetry Therapy
1. The use of rhythm in poetry can tap into the verbal music of your original voice.
2. The abstract nature of poetry can better support the expression of painful emotions that might feel too threatening to express directly.
3. Expressive poetry can gradually release the imprints of challenging experiences in a gentle and inspired ways.
4. Poetry can reframe difficult emotions through free-form verbal expression.