The Love Poetry Project is dedicated to promoting love consciousness amongst the authors and wider audience. It was born out of a perceived need for greater empathy, love, compassion, and understanding in this world, during our time of great upheaval, war, social division, and xenophobia during the election season of 2016, the Election of Trump, and resurgence of fear-based politics in America, and elsewhere.
I have seen that poetry allows people to evoke deep aspects of themselves, which may even surprise oneself. This book is, at its core, poems about love in all its various forms. It has continually grown since a modest inkling of a vision, into a burgeoning community of authors from around the world sharing their stories of love, and making connections through understanding.
This book of poetry on love began as a relatively modest exposition of about 10 local artists and friends of mine in upstate New York. As word spread, friends came to me and shared excited stories about their writing; one friend searched all her journals and past poetry but could not find a single entry about love itself. She was so happy to be meditating deeply about love in a new way; success! Other friends were reaching within themselves, revealing such delicate and personal truths, that they preferred to write under a pen name; success! Another friend told me repeatedly that he could not write poetry, and did not even know what love was. I asked him to write a poem about struggling to know what love is, and he did; success! I understood then that this project has the ability to help people grow and develop in ways both small, and large.
Poetry, expressed honestly, searching oneself, has powers of healing which are not otherwise accessible. People can access wounds of the soul, and heal them, through the spoken word, shared first with oneself, then with others. The reader's understanding and empathy provides healing in itself. I and others learned deeper levels ourselves, and deepened mutual connections with other authors and the wider audience, through sharing our most sensitive vulnerabilities, and searching ourselves. Please join our conversation. The love poetry project supports artists through our anthologies, and whenever we sell an anthology, we pay 80% of all profits, after tax and production expenses, to contributing writers of that anthology.
About the Anthologist
Christopher Caulfield is working to complete a Ph.D. in philosophy and clinical ethics, at SUNY Albany, New York. He currently studies clinical ethics in the hospital setting, with a focus on empathy and compassion from doctors to patients and families. Through his studies he has gained a greater appreciation for the importance of compassion, empathy, and understanding of vibrant relationship through love.