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Please Use This For Children, Not For War and Guns is a masterful collection of Midwestern poetry. These are poems that viscerally and spiritually eviscerate Gustavson, with tenderness of a mother and a wife, and the anger of a partner, an advocate for children, and a citizen.

From “Please Use These Words for Children,” an activist poem about a simple letter to the government along with her family’s taxes saying, “Please use this for...

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From Cynthia Gustavson's Preface to Bully!, "Bullying is a hot topic in America today, and with good reason. Every school, group of friends, and family has someone who has been a victim of bullying, and most have someone who has acted like a bully."

Psychotherapist and author Cynthia Gustavson has come together with her husband, developmental pediatrician Dr. Edward E. Gustavson MD, and her son Dr. Kent Gustavson PhD to write the first...

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Ballad of the Rag Man, written entirely in verse, is a story about a little girl who watches the Rag Man who collects cast off items including her old cast-off teddy bear. Much to her surprise the Rag Man repairs her teddy bear and brings it back to her. This book teaches children a valuable lesson about pre-judging others.

"Ballad of the Ragman by Cynthia Gustavson, illustrated by Kristina Tosic in brilliant colors, is a story in rhyme...

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In-Versing Your Life: A Poetry Workbook for Self-Healing and Discovery. The legendary Poetry Therapy Workbook in its second edition.

"When I first began to practice individual and family therapy, I noticed many of my clients wrote poems at times when they didn't know what else to do with their feelings. Writing enabled them to recognize what was going on in their lives, to help them understand their feelings, and finally to encourage...

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Re-Versing the Numbers: A Poetry Workbook for Eating Disorders. Soft-Cover Workbook Edition. Eating disorders are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships... They are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person's emotional and physical health... The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of...

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"We can carry a poem in our pocket, and take it out to give us motivation or courage, or to help us remember where we've been or where we want to go..." — From the Introduction to Re-Versing Your Pain.

Cynthia Blomquist Gustavson, award-winning author of In-Versing Your Life, has written another book in her poetry therapy workbook series, called Re-Versing Your Pain. The workbook reaches out to all people who live with pain, whether...

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"God will have compassion according to the abundance of steadfast love; for God does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone." Lamentations 3:32.

"I find that people who are walking a spiritual path relate well to poetry and metaphor. A particular poem can be used as a starter for individual or group discussions. It can also be used to gently jump start an individual to write his/her own poetry, which can be very self-revelatory." —...

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"Poetry is consistently used by children and teens to express deeply held feelings that are not allowed to come out any other way. The writing of poetry, so often relegated to the MUSE within us, is actually our unconscious understandings, coming out in the rhythm and music of words, especially in metaphor." — From the Introduction to Fe-Vers.

Fe-Vers: Feeling Verses for Children, and its counterpart, Fe-Vers: Feeling Verses for Teens,...

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"Poetry is consistently used by children and teens to express deeply held feelings that are not allowed to come out any other way. The writing of poetry, so often relegated to the MUSE within us, is actually our unconscious understandings, coming out in the rhythm and music of words, especially in metaphor." — From the Introduction to Fe-Vers.

Fe-Vers: Feeling Verses for Teens, and its counterpart, Fe-Vers: Feeling Verses for Children,...

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Music

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Now available as an audiobook, read by Cynthia Blomquist Gustavson, with music by Kent Gustavson and Dejan Ilijic of the band EYOT.

The prose in “Between Tahlequah and Tulsa” combines Cynthia Blomquist Gustavson's time-honored flair for evoking pastoral scenery with a newfound muscular emotionality and a brave declarative voice. Unapologetically, she addresses Native American rights, spirituality, blunt political discourse, and the new frontier dream of the 1960s.

Cynthia also digs deep and courageously revisits poignant childhood memories. A stunning example of this vigorous vulnerability is halfway through the long poem that makes up this book, where she comes to grips with her father’s passing.

To order copies, please contact the publisher here.

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This record comes from the heart of lullabies and Christmas/holiday sing-alongs. Cynthia Gustavson carried her Koa-wood Harmony guitar with her through 20 moves and dozens of cities, around the world, anchoring her children in the music that magically emerged from its dull, soft strings grown green with age...

When Kent Gustavson became a professional musician, receiving a PhD in classical music, and putting out popular and folk music albums of his own, his mother and father supported him wholeheartedly, knowing that, at the core of his music, there was the integrity they had planted and watch grow within him over a quarter century.

This album, When Love is Real, is the result of a return to family roots, and a love between spouses, between children parents... There are songs here about politics. There are songs about religion... But, most importantly, there are songs about love.

Kent Gustavson and his father, Edward, were in a terrible car accident in 2001, 6 months exactly before 9/11, and went through a very lengthy and painful process of recovery. In the...

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