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Poetry as a Form of Meditation

“What I love about poetry and what I find irresistible, is that it’s a chance to slow down. … It’s a way of meditating, to reflect on something other than the literal and to grasp that we are more than what we do or what we produce,” says poet Jeanne Murray Walker, a Professor of English at the University of Delaware and in Seattle Pacific University’s Low Residency Master of Fine Arts Program.

Jeanne Murray Walker

Jeanne Murray Walker

She is a frequent contributor to periodicals such as Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Southern Review, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Nation and Image. She gives readings, runs workshops, and speaks across the United States and abroad. Her poems appear in print anthologies, as well as on the radio, the web, and in buses and trains under the auspices of the Poetry in Motion project.

Helping the Morning: New and Selected Poems offers Walker’s most recent poems, as well as a “best of” collection of poems from each of her previous books. Her work has been honored with prizes and awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, seven Pennsylvania State Arts Council Fellowships, the Prairie-Schooner Reader’s Choice and Strousse Awards, many new play prizes, and the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She serves on the editorial board of Shenandoah.