NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Poetry Program
Poetry is an expression of the soul as unique as every individual who puts the pen to paper. We at NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Poetry Program maintain that any creative expression of an individual is a poem whether it rhymes or not; whether it is one word or pages long.
NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest 2018
April is the National Poetry Month and May is Mental Health Awareness Month. NAMI New Jersey inaugurated the Annual NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest in 2014 with enthusiastic response from our community. View the 2018 Poetry Contest Guidelines.
Virtual Poetry Workshop
How do you center yourself? What is calm or calming to you? This month we ask these questions of you to answer in the form of a poem. Our host Jacquese Armstrong did and this is her result: “centered is the calm.” We’re looking forward to seeing your results!
Please send poems to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact information, and mail your media release form (if you have not previously sent it) to NAMI NJ, 1562 Route 130, North Brunswick, NJ 08902.
About Our Workshop Host – Jacquese Armstrong
Jacquese Armstrong is a poet/writer/inspirational speaker and has been a NAMI NJ volunteer for about 8 years. Her work has been published in Black Magnolias Literary Journal, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Blackberry: a magazine, SZ Magazine, Anchor Magazine and BlackMentalHealthNet.com. She earned her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Toledo, Toledo, OH. View one of her poems: “inner crown (reflections on healing)”.
Previous Virtual Workshop Poems:
Spring 2017 theme – “Remembrance”
“dear grandmommy.” – by Jacquese Armstrong
“Barbara” – by Jeff Varanyak
“For the Lost” – by Melissa Kiritsis
“The Way I Will Be Remembered To Be a poem” – by Ayesha Karim
Winter 2016 theme – “Holiday”
“pictures of Christmas” – by Jacquese Armstrong
“Christmas” – by Ron Cassmassine
“Untitled” – by Kelly Brennan
Summer 2016 theme – “in our own voice“
in my own voice (walkin in my shoes) – by Jacquese Armstrong
i carry the ‘m’ card ( i didn’t deal the deck) – by Jacquese Armstrong
Stigma – by Ben Hu
A NEW DAY DAWNS – by Sandy G.
Gratitude Poem – by Taylor Bak
Lead by Spirit – by Michael Loberfeld
After each spring, poems submitted for the annual NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest will be showcased here in the Poetry Corner. The 2017 contest submissions are now being featured, five poems a month, listed in alphabetical order by poem title. We hope these poems touch you, too.
Mental Illness – by Thomas Hoffman
My Illness and Recovery – by Sandra Ogonowski
Untitled – by Nadirah Mc Dowell
Untitled – by Beth Schneider
Untitled – by Kathy Murphy
NIGHTMARES FADE – by Paul Norris
Progress Notes – by Tammy Smith
Untitled – by Irene Lynch
Untitled – by Dean Gold
Untitled – by Tom O’Gurkis
A Prayer to You – by Jean Lefkanic
Depression – by Donald Breen
Poem of Mental Health – by Nikki Stein
The Fight Through – by Lyn Regan
Untitled – by Paul T. Sasso
Being in the Moment – by Rusty Pica & Barbara Mitchell
Breaking the Cycle – by Sean Sogorka
Joy – by Fred Chambers
Someday – by Lopamudra Bhattacharyya
This is the Way I made it Through the Tough Times – by Barbara Mitchell
Choose to be Happy – Ayesha Karim
Inner Whispers – Kristen Koller
Irish Eyes – Pat Cacacie
Mind and Body – Nidhi Joshi
Untitled – CA Weiss
Someday – Lopamudra Bhattacharyya
I am thankful for – Saket Bolisetty
Constellation of Synapses – Ysabel Y. Gonzalez
Underneath it all – Dana Hunter
A Million Mistakes Only Make Me Normal – Carey Anne Uhlig
A Fugue on Meditation – Eileen Fisher
Longing for Peace – Patricia Urban Korsak
Overcoming Mental Illness – Jasmine Mathai
To Share – Robert H. Haveson
When the Lights Flicker – Gary Micco
A Hero’s Heart – by Jennifer Freund
Day by Day – by K.C.
Dear Lord… – by N. S.
The Days Becoming – by M. L.
What a Disorder – by Sonia Huraleczko
Cracks – by Marie Berry
Depression – by Elizabeth Marmelejos
Not Defined – by Susan Sawler
STAY IN THE LINE – by Richard Friedman
Yet I choose – by Karen A. Johnson
Discharge Plan – by Tammy Smith
Give it all your might – by Nicholas G. Poth
My Journey – by Rachel Stanton
My Shadow – by Shanna Rae M.
Untitled – by Reuben ben Yitzhak