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Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making Paperback – October 13, 1997
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The many books about how to write poetry often fail because they stress structure and technique, contributing to the assumption that you can't teach anyone to be a poet. Fox takes a different approach. A certified poetry therapist, he uses poetry as a mode of healing. Fox works with children, seniors, people in life transition or suffering life-threatening illness, and others. Clearly, he succeeds. His work shows the aspiring poet how to give birth to poetry and how to cultivate and harvest its value to the writer's healing process. Despite Fox's emphasis on poetry as therapy, the student poems are full of fresh expressions and exciting images. Writing of her son, a woman says, "Adam holds the belly of his new plane,/ the light in his eyes a wingspan of possibility." Among the volume's many strengths are its frequent examples. Excellent exercises are included, as are a list of selected readings and a list of resources for learning more about poetry therapy. Highly recommended for public libraries as well as school and academic libraries where arts therapy is studied or practiced.?Judy Clarence, California State Univ. Lib., Hayward
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
John Fox, CPT, is a poet, certified poetry therapist, and a lecturer in the Graduate School of Psychology at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California. He is the author of two volumes of poetry, My Hand Touches the Sea and When Jewels Sing (audio tape). John also teaches in the California Poets in the Schools Program. He serves as a vice president on the executive board of the National Association of Poetry Therapy and is a recipient of NAPT's Distinguished Service Award.
Top customer reviews
The book gives small successful steps to writing and frequent examples. I teach poetry as a way to growth as well as a way to concise writing. Both are supported in the book. A flexible, intelligent book that doesn't pander to the lowest common denominator, this is a solid poetry writing book for the soul, whether troubled or not.
It arrived when expected.
Very useful book with much wisdom and healing for the spiritual journey. Lovely to have a book to refer to whose pages have not been written on, or the corners turned down.