Re-Versing Your Pain: A Poetry Workbook for Chronic Pain

“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 emotional or physical. In her 22 years as a social worker, Gustavson has worked with thousands of individuals and groups, and worked extensively with caregivers of the chronically ill and developmentally disabled, as well as with those afflicted with physical and mental ailments, including depression and anxiety. This method explores the approach of holistic healing — and will lead to healthy expression of pain, and a new understanding of the self. This is a must have for all therapists — this will motivate both you and your client to express pain and confusion as words and ink.

“Finally! A human services professional who knows enough about the art of poetry to write a powerful and useful book. this book will advance the field by elevating the poetic sensitivities of its users. An absolutely necessary book. Cynthia Blomquist Gustavson has created the transitional material for our libraries that I’ve been waiting for. In-Versing Your Life will be a permanent bookshelf companion. It’s a pleasure to give my support to such an important work.” — Jennifer Bosveld, Editor of Pudding Magazine: The International Journal of Applied Poetry and author of Topics for Getting in Touch: A Poetry Therapy Sourcebook.

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