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Life on the Line: Selections on Words and Healing

Life on the Line: Selections on Words and Healing

by Sue B. Walker (Editor), Rosaly Roffman (Editor)

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The editors present poems, stories, and essays by 228 contributors whose work probes the subliminal interconnections of sickness and health; body, mind, and spirit; and the therapeutic dimension of pain. Those who would comfort or heal and who would understand and be healed of illness or trauma explore how communication, both psychological and poetic, is ``one beam/ of light, one simple/line suspended/. . . between darkness and desire.'' Recounting experiences in which affliction and loss paradoxically give rise to illumination, these writers reveal that curative scientific powers and the creative act of poetry both lie at the frontiers of consciousness. Empathy and genuineness shine through these sharply chiseled sculptures of grief. A serious, valuable book for those who wish to promote health through the resources of poetry and medicine.-- Frank Allen, West Virginia State Coll., Institute

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