first person says, “Yes, and … .” And so on.
affirm what the other person has said, even if
we don’t like it. Then we move the story
forward. Though this game allows for a great
silliness, at its root, it teaches
collaboration. To that end, it’s useful in the
kitchen, the boardroom, anywhere two humans are
I’ve found that when I am stuck with a poem,
playing a game of Yes, And with myself is a
great way to get unstuck and let the poem find a
most transformative application, however, is to
use Yes, And when we don’t like what’s happening
in our lives or in the world. I’ve noticed a
human impulse to say “NO!” when we are hurt,
frustrated or angry. No to terrorism. No to
accidents. No to pain. No to war.
doesn’t get us very far. When we scream “No!” as
the glass vase is falling, it does not prevent
productive (and honest) is to say “Yes” to the
world as it is. It doesn’t mean we approve what
is happening, we just acknowledge that it is
happening. From that real, grounded place comes
the “And.” The “And” is how we move our own
story (and the world’s story) forward.
Why not try it
yourself right now? Pick something that’s
bothering you. Say “Yes” to it. Now say “And …”
And who knows what might happen next?
Laureates—Rosemerry was appointed
the third Western Slope Poet Laureate
for 2015-2017 by outgoing WSPL Aaron
Abeyta. Joining them that night was
Colorado’s Poet Laureate Joseph
Read more at Talking Gourds online.
What Do You Call A Group of
Poets? A Heard! I’ve partnered with the San Juan
Independent to launch an interactive poetry map,
Heard of Poets: Poems from Colorado’s Western Slope.
Each week we feature a new poet.
Find it here.
Getting The News from Poems:
New Verse News has picked up two of my poems
“The Last Lunch” and another about a
candlelight vigil in Brussels after the Paris
“Crossing the Divide”.
Ever feel as if you’re
pushing a rock up a hill? The lovely blog A Year
of Being Here featured this poem of mine recently on
just that feeling.
"Perhaps It Would Eventually Erode, But ... "
One for the Dark:
Because sometimes it feels so darn dark. Published
on the beautiful site, Journey of the Heart,
INTO THE DARK AGAIN.
Upcoming Book! Lithic
Press will be publishing a collection of three-line
poems and three-line illustrations I’ve done in
collaboration with artist Jill Sabella. Look for the
collection by November 2016.
Listen to the Music: One of my sonnets was
arranged by Robert McCauley and performed by Kyra
Kopestonsky and Colleen Mahoney. See the performance
here on YouTube.
A Daily Dose of Poetry:
To read my daily poems,
check out my