The aim in personal expressive poetry writing is not to write clever poetry but to roam, feel free and express anything that comes to your mind, almost like a form of mind mental dancing. Your mental "mind-moves" do not need to make rational sense.
You have inside of yourself a free and creative voice that is uncensored and is not carefully planning what to say next. To find that fluidly of expression takes daily practice, like building a skill or muscle over time. Poetry brings in something new into expression.
1. Reach to the edge of your own mind to express what is unique, free and flowing and uniquely you.
2. Find the edge of what you should say, is what you need to really say from the core of your being.
3. Lean into what feels forbidden and create a poem that expresses the very "edge" of your mind.
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 poetry is a way to listen to your original voice. Writer Henry Miller found his own original voice after 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 an inner verbal form of music.
2. The abstract nature of poetry may 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 safe, slow way.
4. Poetry can reframe difficult emotions by providing leaps, contrasts and surprises through verbal expression.