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Poetry as Spiritual Practice
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Robert McDowell's poems, stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of magazines and anthologies here and abroad, including Best American Poetry, Poetry, The New Criterion Sewanee Review and The Hudson Review. He has taught at Bennington College, the University of Southern Indiana and UC Santa Cruz; and at the Taos Writers' Conference, among many writers' conferences, and he was founding publisher/editor of Story Line Press. In addition, he coaches businesses interested in improving spiritual awareness, communication, writing and presentation skills.

His book is POETRY AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE - Reading, Writing and Using Poetry in Your Daily Rituals, Aspirations and Intentions.
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Robert McDowell Part One
Robert explains who he is, where he came from, what led him to write his book, and how poetry can increase our spirituality. Also, Phyllis & Robert discuss what the election of Barack Obama means for America.
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Robert McDowell Part Two
Robert discusses why poetry is so important right now, and how poetry is introduced and used. He also shares some excerpts from the book, as well as some exercises you can use to tap your own writing ability.
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Robert McDowell Part Three
Robert gives some info on his upcoming workshop, and discusses his work with businesses. He also has some support information for aspiring writers.
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Robert McDowell
Robert McDowell's poems, stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of magazines and anthologies here and abroad, including Best American Poetry, Poetry, The New Criterion Sewanee Review and The Hudson Review. He has taught at Bennington College, the University of Southern Indiana and UC Santa Cruz; and at the Taos Writers' Conference, among many writers' conferences, and he was founding publisher/editor of Story Line Press. In addition, he coaches businesses interested in improving spiritual awareness, communication, writing and presentation skills.

His book is POETRY AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE Reading, Writing and Using Poetry in Your Daily Rituals, Aspirations and Intentions. It is an instructional handbook on reading and writing poetry. McDowell argues along the way for the many practical benefits of poetic literacy. The book guides readers on their quest to find peace, meaning and success in their lives-whatever success means to them. Meditations throughout allows readers to integrate reading and writing poetry into their spiritual journeys and daily lives. POETRY AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE benefits all seekers, generating greater wisdom, compassion, self-confidence, patience and love. It will become a cherished inspirational companion for anyone who loves poetry.


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