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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This is an anthology of the work of 14 contemporary nurse poets accompanied by their commentaries on their poetry, work, and personal lives. It is an extension of two other books edited by Schaefer and Davis, Between the Heartbeats (University of Iowa Press, 1995) and Intensive Care: More Poetry and Prose by Nurses (University of Iowa Press, 2003).
Purpose: The purpose is to share the unique voices of nurses as they experience humanity.
Audience: Every nurse could benefit from this book as it chronicles many of life's passages and experiences; indeed, any health professional would be able to identify with the many poems.
Features: The book and each chapter begin with an introduction by the editor. The nurse poets begin their chapters and poems with commentary about their work and lives. Poets include three to six of their original poems.
Assessment: This is a beautiful book filled with many feelings: humor, happiness, sadness, memories. The commentaries bring these poets to life, as the readers are able to share the nurses' experiences of pain and pleasure as well as the pain and pleasure of their patients. It is a book that will make you ponder the meaning of life, illness, and death and the role of nursing in life's experiences. The book is very reasonably priced.