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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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. Submission is now open! Contest submission deadline is Monday, April 3, 2017. View Detailed Guideline here

 

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Virtual Poetry Workshop 

The new year always evokes thoughts of those who have left us. In this virtual workshop we are welcoming poems of remembrance. Our host Jacquese Armstrong’s example is dear grandmommy.”

Here are the first remembrances, “Barbara,”  by Jeff Varanyak, “For the Lost,” by Melissa Kiritsis, and “The Way I Will Be Remembered To Be a poem,” by Ayesha Karim. Won’t you join them?

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:

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 2016 contest submissions are now being featured, five poems a month. We hope these poems touch you, too.

POETRY SHOWCASE – MARCH 2017

(Listed in alphabetical order by poem title)

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

(Listed in alphabetical order by poem title)

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

(Listed in alphabetical order by poem title)

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

(Listed in alphabetical order by poem title)

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

(Listed in alphabetical order by poem title)

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

(Listed in alphabetical order by poem title)

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

(Listed in alphabetical order by poem title)

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