The Poetry of Nursing: Poems and Commentaries of Leading Nurse- Poets

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Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873388481
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press
  • Publication date: 2/21/2006
  • Series: Literature and Medicine Ser.
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Who owns the libretto? 2
Zona Pellucida 4
Mathematics 4
Coal miner, Caples, WV, 1938 9
Siderails 12
In praise of hands 14
Early farming woman 17
The nurse's pockets 25
Heroics 27
The good nurse 29
Everything in life is divided 33
How I'm able to love 37
Admission, children's unit 42
For Don Corleone in paradise 43
The Japanese deer 47
Marisol 49
The funeral march of Adolf Wolfi 52
My father's violin 57
Size 8 surgical gloves 58
Daily activity log 60
If I could fly 63
The cure 66
Autopsy no. 24722 67
Motion and time and driving alone 69
Dehiscence 71
Asking for direction 73
Girding for battle 74
Chemotherapy lounge 76
What's there in Grandma's diary 81
The secret life of nurses 85
Metastasis 87
The silence of dollhood 88
La Muerte 90
Benedicion 93
Exiles 96
Temple dog 99
Sunrise 103
Human-headed bull below empty space 111
Rapture 113
The priesthood 116
Who dies of thirst 119
Crossing the field 123
This Bach cantata 125
Calypso's bar 126
Prism 127
Flaxen god 128
Home visits 133
On switching from nursing to English 135
Four on a fold 136
Lake de Neveu 138
Germination 139
Holding on 145
I dream Gene Kelly is my father 148
Rochester, Minnesota, 1965 150
Biopsy 151
In the house across the street a boy is playing a horn 152
Outside the hotel DeVille 153
Coffee for one 157
Sailor explains kissing the nurse 160
At the $3 car wash 161
Army nurses, Vietnam, 1966 163
Dear Dr. Williams, dear poet 171
Hawk, winter 175
Higher learning 178
Rose 182
The house on Bolton Road 189
Going steady 193
True colors 197
The woman my husband should have married 201
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