About

The challenge:
Life has its lemons.
No lemons yet?
Trust me.
They’re coming.

But life also has beauty.
No beauty yet?
Trust me.
It’s coming.

Mission:
The Poetry Brigade
collects and shares language
to help you flourish.


The Poets of the Poetry Brigade are poets great and small who help you understand you’re not alone; life is hard, and these words can help you flourish even in the midst of suffering.

The Curator

Allegra Jordan guides people gently (and sometimes not so gently) to becoming their best, most courageous selves. This unlocks enormous energy to change our world for the better.

She was named an “architect of change” by Maria Shriver. She’s helped build the Rick Herrema Foundation which provides a respite park for people facing war stress near Ft. Bragg, NC. She is also an executive coach and novelist, and volunteer for the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. She has published numerous articles, poems and nearly a dozen cases taught at Harvard Business School.

Born during the Vietnam conflict to military family, she grew up in the post-Civil Rights era of Selma, AL and became a champion debater. In a tragic turn of events, her debate partner was murdered by her debate coach in what was then called Alabama’s crime of the decade. The resulting confusion and grief led her to a decades-long journey around the globe to reconcile, first with herself and then with her beloved first community.

She knows we can flourish even amidst a disappointing and violent world because she’s seen it and writes to share this good news.

Allegra graduated from Samford University, Harvard Business School and Georgetown University’s executive leadership coaching program. She has also worked at the University of Texas at Austin and at Duke where she launched the first Duke University Center for Reconciliation’s Summer Institute.

For more information about Allegra’s work please go to allegrajordan.com. To arrange a free 1:1 consultation to see if Allegra’s coaching/organizational development work is right for you and your team, fill out the form below.

What People Say About Life’s Challenges

In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: “When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?”

-Dancer Gabrielle Roth

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

Nobel Laureate Albert Schweitzer

And I saw the river over which
every soul must pass
to reach the kingdom of heaven
and the name of that river was
suffering;
and I saw a boat
which carries souls
across the river
and the name of that boat
was love.

St. John of the Cross


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