Re-Versing Your Pain: A Poetry Workbook for Those Who Live with Chronic Pain

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Blooming Twig Books, Nov 11, 2011 - Poetry
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Re-Versing Your Pain: A Poetry Workbook for Those Living With Chronic Pain. Hardcopy Workbook Edition. "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. 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.
 

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Contents

Color Commentary
50
Does Life Seem Colorless or Black?
51
Beneath The SickAWar Tree
52
Safety
53
Patience of the Cross Timbers
54
Patience
55
Thieves
56
Control
57

Something Stolen
20
Grief and Loss
21
now that hes gone
22
Lost Love
23
Reinventing
24
Special Loss
25
Dangling
26
Feeling Betrayed
27
No Geysers Lifter Nor Flowers Bloomed
28
Depression
29
Holy War
30
Forgiveness
31
Christmas Child
32
PTSD
33
THE PRESENT
35
Double Helix Twisting
37
Medical Treatment
41
What My Friend Told Me
42
The End of My World
43
Before the Fall
44
Inside Feelings
45
Looking For Normal
46
Fuzzy Brain
47
Boiling Point
48
Anger
49
Estate Sale
58
Finances
59
Red Flags
60
House and YardKeeping
61
Moving On
62
Transition
63
LOOKING FORWARD
65
The Lone Writer
66
Creating New Community
67
Limerick
68
Out of Sync
69
Light and Shadow
70
Hope
71
Too Much To Cover
72
Time Management
73
Park and Shop
74
Luck
75
Second Story
76
Relationship to Nature
77
At The Place Of Conversation
78
Supportive Animals
79
The Leap
80
How Do I Proceed
81
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
85
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About the author (2011)

Cynthia Blomquist Gustavson was born in rural Minnesota to a jazz musician and a waitress in 1947. She is the author of five poetry collections, several poetry workbooks for therapists, and has published in numerous journals. She was educated at Gustavus Adolphus College, Boston University, Louisiana State University, United Seminary of the Twin Cities, and Oklahoma State University, and has taught at Northeastern State University in Tallequah, Oklahoma, and Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana, and has been an invited lecturer around the country. In her twenty-two years as a social worker she has worked in drug prevention, practiced individual and group therapy, worked extensively with caregivers of the chronically ill and developmentally disabled. A much acclaimed poet and author, the winner of a New Millennium Writings Award in 2002 and finalist for the Rita Dove Poetry Award from the Salem College Center for Women Writers in 2004, Gustavson lives and works in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband of 36 years.

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