Sustainable Joy: Poems for the University of Washington School of Social Work Conference on Mental Health & Self-Care for Social Work Practitioners


Yesterday I had the honor of giving the keynote presentation at a conference organized by the Student Advisory Council at the UW School of Social Work. As promised to conference attendees, here’s the list of poems I read as part of my talk:

Marge Piercy: “To Be of Use

Mark Doty: “Golden Retrievals

Mary Oliver: “Wild Geese” (video)

Elizabeth Austen: “This Morning

Ada Limón: “Instructions on Not Giving Up

Jan Richardson: “The Map You Make Yourself

Elizabeth Alexander: “Praise Song for the Day

Huge thanks to the conference organizers, presenters and attendees — I have more regard than ever for the vital roles social workers play, and for their commitment to blending love-in-action with rigorous inquiry.

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