Poetry Corner

NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Poetry Program

Open MicPoetry 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.

 

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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 poetry@naminj.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

Fall 2015 theme – “stigma

i carry the ‘m’ card ( i didn’t deal the deck)  – by Jacquese Armstrong
Stigma
– by Ben Hu

Summer 2015 theme – “gratitude attitude

A NEW DAY DAWNS – by Sandy G.
Gratitude Poem – by Taylor Bak
Lead by Spirit – by Michael Loberfeld

 

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Poetry Showcase

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.

POETRY SHOWCASE – NOVEMBER 2017

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

 

POETRY SHOWCASE – OCTOBER 2017

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

 

POETRY SHOWCASE – SEPTEMBER 2017

Choose to be Happy – Ayesha Karim
Inner Whispers  Kristen Koller
Irish Eyes – Pat Cacacie
Mind and Body – Nidhi Joshi
UntitledCA Weiss

 

POETRY SHOWCASE – AUGUST 2017

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

 

POETRY SHOWCASE – JULY 2017

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

 

POETRY SHOWCASE – MARCH 2017

A Hero’s Heart – by Jennifer Freund
Day by Dayby K.C.
Dear Lord… – by N. S.
The Days Becoming by M. L.
What a Disorderby Sonia Huraleczko

 

POETRY SHOWCASE – FEBRUARY 2017

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

 

POETRY SHOWCASE – JANUARY 2017

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 Randy Elfenbein

 

POETRY SHOWCASE – DECEMBER 2016

Because You Always Made Gave – by Darnell Williams
In my beautiful mind – by Stephanee Brown
Into The Wind – by Brian Sudol
My Mental Illness – by Charlie Vasquez
Running from My Conscious State of Mind – by Kenya Daugett

 

POETRY SHOWCASE – NOVEMBER 2016

12 Hours of Shadows – by Susanne Mills
Dear Mind – by Yvette Brown-Cobb
Maybe, who knows? by Mackenzy Samedi
Thanksgiving (Sower’s Vision) – by Jeff Varanyak
Untitled – by Melanie Aaron Pappas

 

POETRY SHOWCASE – OCTOBER 2016

A Change – by John Wolff
Maybe, who knows? – by Mackenzy Samedi
Thanksgiving (Sower’s Vision) – by Jeff Varanyak
Untitled – by Melanie Aaron Pappas
Untitled – by Randy Elfenbein

 

POETRY SHOWCASE – SEPTEMBER 2016

Bipolar Is Not My Name – by Barbara Mitchell
Oh Black Child – by Charnelle Cleveland
Passion for Living – by Margaret (Maggie) Angelino
The Gifts – by William A.
You are not your illness – by Lainda Cadet

 POETRY SHOWCASE ARCHIVE

 

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NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest 2017

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 more…