Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series

Poetry is an ancient healing art used across cultures for thousands of years. In the Poetry, Healing, and Growth book series, the healing and growth-facilitating nature of poetry is explored in depth through books of poetry and scholarship, as well as through practical guides on how to use poetry in the service of healing and growth. Poetry written with an intention to transform suffering into an artistic encounter is often different in process and style from poetry written for art’s sake. In this series, there is engagement with the poetic greats and literary approaches to poetry while also embracing the beauty of fresh, poetic starts and encouraging readers to embark upon their own journey with poetry. Whether you are an advanced poet, avid consumer, or novice to poetry, we are confident you will find something to inspire your thinking or your personal path toward healing and growth.

Series Editors,
Carol Barrett, PhD, Steve Fehl, PsyD, Nathaniel Granger, Jr, PsyD, Tom Greening, PhD, and Louis Hoffman, PhD

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Capturing Shadows: Poetic Encounters Along the Path of Grief and Loss
$19.95
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Long before contemporary approaches to helping people face death, loss, and other life transitions, poetry was used by many cultures to assist the grieving process. Today, it remains an important healing art. Capturing Shadows is an original collection of poems about actively engaging one’s grieving and loss with a purpose. The poems were written by therapists, counselors, educators, and others who understand and have experienced the struggle of leaning into one’s pain. The introduction along with activities at the end of the book provide a guide for readers to assist them in using poems from Capturing Shadows as well as their own poems to facilitate their grieving process. Whether wanting assistance with one’s own grief and loss, a deeper understanding of the grief and loss, or a resource to help others in their journey, Capturing Shadows is a wonderful resource for all touched by death, loss, and other difficult life transitions.

Journey of the Wounded Soul: Poetic Companions for Spiritual Struggles
$21.95
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From the sacred scriptures of the world religions through contemporary times, poetry has helped individuals express and work through spiritual struggles. Journey of the Wounded Soul continues this ancient tradition in a contemporary voice. This collection of poems brings voice to spiritual struggles, seeking to create a community through poetic voice. It was written for those for whom spiritual struggles are a transitional period as well as for those for whom spiritual struggles are an intimate part of their daily spirituality. In addition to the poems, the Foreword by Thomas Moore along with the Introduction by Hoffman and Fehl provide a powerful framework for understanding and approaching spiritual struggles. Journey of the Wounded Soul offers comfort to the many who wrestle with their spirituality and those who are struggling through difficult spiritual periods.

From the Foreword
I’d like every psychology major in the world to read the brilliant introduction that doesn’t miss a step in keeping us close to our humanity and offering solid, profound and reliable ideas for navigating the complex ways of the most ordinary life…
This is poetry that stands on its own but is especially useful when you are in one of life’s dark nights or tunnels. It doesn’t cheer you up; instead it takes you deep in thought to the mysteries working themselves out in what you feel to be problems and challenges.
Thomas Moore, Author, Care of the Soul, Soul Mates, The Soul’s Religion,
and A Religion of One’s Own
Our Last Walk: Using Poetry for Grieving and Remembering Our Pets
$21.95
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Losing a pet is a deeply painful experience, yet often misunderstood by many who see the beloved pet as “Just a pet.” Our Last Walk: Using Poetry for Grieving and Remembering Our Pets is a powerful resource for those experiencing pet loss and those who are supporting others who have lost a pet. Filled with powerful, authentic poems expressing loss, Our Last Walk helps the grieving person find words for their loss while sharing in the experience of others who have traversed that same painful journey. More than a book of tears, Our Last Walk also helps people to remember their beloved pet, preserving the love and memories of relationship. Through this book, many will find encouragement, healing, and hope.

Poems For and About Elders (Revised & Expanded Version) by Tom Greening
$19.95
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Tom Greening is a wonderful role model of an elder, poet, philosopher, and educator who shares personal, honest, and lyrical contemplations on later life issues. The poems in this collection grew out of his serving as a training director at AgeSong, his psychotherapy practice, and his own aging. With wit and humor, Dr. Greening guides us through many issues faced by elders, including those often not discussed. Through the poems, elders and those who love elders will be challenged and comforted while developing a deeper understanding of the aging process.

Stay Awhile: Poetic Narratives on Multiculturalism and Diversity
$19.95
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The struggle to understand our differences is real! Likewise, “real” is the stirring collection of poems in Stay Awhile: Poetic Narratives on Multiculturalism and Diversity that enlightens, enlivens, and entertains. As Hoffman and Granger so eloquently state in their introduction, poetry is a sacred healing art that has been shared across many cultures throughout history. It is in this sharing that empathy is fostered, the struggle to understand our differences assuaged, and we appreciate how such a collection of poems bears witness to our shared humanity. Although Stay Awhile is a beautiful collection for personal enjoyment, reflection, and growth, from the Introduction, which serves to frame many of the lessons emergent from the poems, and the Appendix, which contains several activities to help utilize the poems, this book of poetry has immense efficacy in classrooms and group discussions. For those who choose to read and “stay awhile” with this collection, they are certain to be touched through the honest and thoughtful portrayals represented in each poem.

Capturing Shadows: Poetic Encounters Along the Path of Grief and Loss Image
Capturing Shadows: Poetic Encounters Along the Path of Grief and Loss
Long before contemporary approaches to helping people face death, loss, and other life transitions, poetry was used by many cultures to assist the grieving process. Today, it remains an important healing art. Capturing Shadows is an orig... Read More
$19.95
Journey of the Wounded Soul: Poetic Companions for Spiritual Struggles Image
Journey of the Wounded Soul: Poetic Companions for Spiritual Struggles
From the sacred scriptures of the world religions through contemporary times, poetry has helped individuals express and work through spiritual struggles. Journey of the Wounded Soul continues this ancient tradition in a contemporary voic... Read More
$21.95
Our Last Walk: Using Poetry for Grieving and Remembering Our Pets Image
Our Last Walk: Using Poetry for Grieving and Remembering Our Pets
Losing a pet is a deeply painful experience, yet often misunderstood by many who see the beloved pet as “Just a pet.” Our Last Walk: Using Poetry for Grieving and Remembering Our Pets is a powerful resource for those exper... Read More
$21.95
Poems For and About Elders (Revised & Expanded Version) by Tom Greening Image
Poems For and About Elders (Revised & Expanded Version) by Tom Greening
Tom Greening is a wonderful role model of an elder, poet, philosopher, and educator who shares personal, honest, and lyrical contemplations on later life issues. The poems in this collection grew out of his serving as a training director... Read More
$19.95
Stay Awhile: Poetic Narratives on Multiculturalism and Diversity Image
Stay Awhile: Poetic Narratives on Multiculturalism and Diversity
The struggle to understand our differences is real! Likewise, “real” is the stirring collection of poems in Stay Awhile: Poetic Narratives on Multiculturalism and Diversity that enlightens, enlivens, and entertains. As Hoffman and Gr... Read More
$19.95