Season 11 - Ep 128: “You Got This” | Engaging The Power of Your Words During Change with Gayle Danley

May 02, 2022


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Words matter. 

Whether they’re the words other people say to us, the words we say to ourselves, or the words we impress upon the world around us. 

They can give us encouragement, break us down, and lift us out of our darkest depths. 

Words are medicine. And, giving ourselves the space to find the ones we want to say is a precious gift that can heal our wounds and help us honor who we truly are. 

In this episode, Karlee welcomes Gayle Danley: CEO, Poetry ProsFormer National and International Poetry Slam Champion and Maryland Library Association Poet of the Year. Gayle goes into America's classrooms teaching thousands of children how to access their emotions through the force of words. She shares three decades of poetic process in her online course "Lessons in Poetry," helping writers build emotional stamina for their work.

You’ll hear how Gayle learned from an early age that her words provided a sense of self-worth that the world around her wasn’t offering. By creating a process for her poetry that allowed her to express her truth, she shaped an identity that continues to inspire writers and poets around the world. She shares how poetry has helped her challenge perceptions, navigate change, and process loss. 

If you’re ready to find the right words to help you navigate changes in your life, then this episode is for you.

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • What it means to be “good” (7:17)
  • How a girlfriend goddess comes into being (11:45)
  • Why poetry has the power to challenge the world around you (18:03)
  • How words can help us navigate change (19:46)
  • Adapting and mooring when changes happen to us (31:57)

People Mentioned in this Episode: 

Suzi Banks Baum

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