The Poet (delayed)

using poetry to discover meaning in life

About the show

I dabbled in poetry in high school and into my early 20's but then stopped writing for almost 20 years. A few years ago, a number of personal issues came to a head and I had no real choice but to face them and start working through them. As part of that working through them, I began writing poetry again and it has become a very powerful and effective tool for me in rediscovering and reconnecting with myself, which is at the heart of my recovery. In The Poet (delayed), I'll share some of my poetry and discuss it with different guests. But the real point of the podcast is to use my poetry to start conversations about trauma, healing and personal growth.

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Episodes

  • Episode 28: Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

    April 12th, 2024  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 25 secs
    alignment, authenticity, mary oliver, poetry, self discovery, wild geese

    I’m joined again by Josh Baron and we read Mary Oliver’s poem, Wild Geese, and discuss the idea that “we do not have to be good.”

  • Episode 27: The Capacity of Your Tears

    November 25th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 6 mins
    asking for help, authenticity, hope, hopelessness, poetry, self discovery, tears

    We can't do it all alone. Sometimes, we need to reach out for help and that's not always easy. In fact, in my experience, it's rarely easy. In this episode, I discuss three obstacles that get in my way of asking for help.

  • Episode 26: The Burning Comes First

    November 7th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  25 mins 17 secs
    authenticity, be brave, healing, kalen dion, mental health, phoenix rises, poetry, self discovery

    Carl Jung said, “There is no coming to consciousness without pain.” My experience has been that this is true and in this episode, I use a poem by Kalen Dion as a way to introduce Jung’s concept and then discuss my experiences with change.

  • Episode 25: Terrible Potential (redux)

    August 6th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 4 mins
    authenticity, childhood trauma, hope, mental health, personal responsibility, poetry, recovery, self discovery

    In this episode, I revisit my poem, Terrible Potential, and talk about ways in which it applies to my recovery.

  • Episode 24: Love People Equally

    May 8th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  36 mins 39 secs
    authenticity, daughters, poetry, self discovery

    My daughter Ruby and I were the only ones home, so I decided to record an episode of The Poet (delayed) with her. We talked about her track and field season that just finished up, softball, boys, poetry, music, flying fish and boys.

  • Episode 23: “…the catching of my whole heart”

    May 3rd, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 38 mins
    authenticity, individuation, poetry, self discovery, spiritual bypass

    I was joined by my friend and poet, Kelli Stephens and she read her unnamed poem from which I grabbed the title of this episode, “…the catching of my whole heart.” We discussed healing, religion, leaving religion, finding yourself and finding peace in your sovereignty and much, much more.

  • Episode 22: Meaningful Life

    April 11th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 45 mins
    authenticity, meaningfulness, mental health, poetry, self awareness, self discovery

    I was joined by neuropsychologist Ben Christiansen in episode 22 of The Poet (delayed). We read my haiku, Meaningful Life and discussed what a meaningful life consists of and how we can work towards one. Hint: it involves math…well, equations at least.

  • Episode 21: Comprehend Yourself

    April 7th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 39 mins
    authenticity, divinity, poetry, self discovery

    In the summer of 1991, I nearly drown at Deer Creek Reservoir near Heber City, Utah. My poem, Comprehend Yourself, is a summary of that event, and in this episode of The Poet (delayed), Mechelle Wingle and I discuss that poem and its meaning and meanings.

  • Episode 20: They Were Beacons Once

    March 6th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 5 mins
    addiction, authenticity, childhood trauma, gabor mate, johann hari, poetry, recovery, self discovery

    In this episode of The Poet (delayed), I'm joined by Las Vegas based therapist, Brad Singletary as we read my poem, "They Were Beacons Once," and have a discussion about addiction, its cause and recovery.

  • Episode 19: Dark Canopy

    February 27th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 40 mins
    authenticity, depression, hope, major depressive disorder, mdd, mental health, poetry, self discovery, situational depression

    In this episode, I’m joined again by Jackie Pack as I read my poem Dark Canopy and we discuss depression.

  • Episode 18: I'm a Poet

    February 20th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  57 mins 19 secs
    authenticity, christopher silas neal, jennifer adams, pippa’s song, poet, poetry, robert browning, self discovery

    I’m joined this episode by Salt Lake City based author, poet, editor and my new friend, Jennifer Adams. I read my poem, “I’m a Poet,” and we discuss the power of literature and poetry and then talk to her about her new children’s book, All’s Right With the World, that comes out March 7, 2023.

  • Episode 17: She is Steady and She Waits

    January 23rd, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 34 secs
    authenticity, cancer, hodgkin’s lymphoma, mental health, poetry, self discovery, truth

    I was joined by Allison Spencer as we read and discussed my poem, She is Steady and She Waits. Allison was diagnosed with Stage 2 Unfavorable Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. (By the way, “unfavorable”? Who comes up with these terms, soccer match announcers? - “That was unlucky!”) But as terrifying as that was, she rose up to battle and, with the help of family, friends and competent medical providers, she waged battle as a head shorn warrior and the cancer is now in remission.

  • Episode 16: Nirvana

    December 19th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 1 min
    authenticity, depression, mental health, mental health awareness, nirvana, poetry, self discovery, suicide, suicide prevention

    TRIGGER WARNING: Suicide is discussed in this episode. If anyone listening is struggling with suicidal ideation, please reach out to a friend or family member. There is also a national hotline in the USA that you can call: 988.

    I was joined by Monte Wingle as I ready my poem, Nirvana, and we discussed thoughts and ideas that came. Also, in the spirit of craving nothingness, we visited True Rest Float Spa to experience their float tank and see how close we could get to nothingness.

  • Episode 15: Terrible Potential

    November 12th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 20 mins
    authenticity, fear, know thyself, nietzsche, poetry, self discovery

    In this episode, I was joined by my nephew, Justin “Justino” Foster. I read my poem “Terrible Potential” and Justino and had a great discussion about the themes in the poem.

  • Episode 14: Beacons

    October 27th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  51 mins 3 secs
    authenticity, beacons, poetry, self discovery

    I’m joined again by Aunt Kash to discuss people who’ve been beacons in our lives as well as our being beacons in the lives of others.

  • Episode 13: Inconsequential

    October 13th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  52 mins 48 secs
    authenticity, connection, parenting, poetry, self discovery

    I’m joined by my friend Jason Langston as I read my poem, Inconsequential. Then we get into a discussion of connection, addiction, parenting and relationships and the fact that no person is inconsequential. As John Donne wrote (old English spelling and all): “No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe.”