Poetry Changes Lives

Poetry, History and Thoughts for Daily Improvement

Readings

Chris's Poetry Therapy Library

Books I own, use and recommend to those interested in creative writing and therapy.


A critic shares his love of poetry, instructing the reader in original ways of thinking.
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Plenty of ideas for creative writing workshops here.
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Thought-provoking, though the focus is on music, similar ideas apply to poetry.
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An early but still relevant work on the process of change
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Kubler-Ross’s classic on dying and the afterlife opens the eyes to life itself
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The first anthology I ever read and still one of the greatest. Wavell’s pithy comments make it special.
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Full of ideas and enthusiasm for the healing power of poetry
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Explores thoroughly the therapeutic possibilities of creative writing – plenty of ideas and examples
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Mazza was one of the first proponents of poetry therapy and still worth reading
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Cleverly explores how poetry can be used in therapy, referencing Jung, Rogers and other counselling ‘greats’
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Matthews is a master at connecting our imagination to the written word – essential reading
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A classic work on the use of creativity in therapy
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A useful book of writing ideas well described
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Carey’s seminal work made me see intellectuals in a different light
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Scott Peck’s classic remains a must for any therapist
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Still one of the best explanations of the counselling process ever written
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Fascinating though slightly barmy ideas on synchronicity and spirituality
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Berger makes some important points on perception in this classic work
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This book reflect education changes: business now requires creativity – computers can do the rest
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Another must have book for therapists
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