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The mission of the Department of Cultural Enrichment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is to present the healing arts in a context that makes the medical center a more compassionate and comfortable environment for patients, their families, and staff. The department offers therapeutic programs and maintains the aesthetic standard of the medical center through art acquisition, management of the extensive art collection, and selection and placement of art. For more information call the office of Cultural Enrichment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 615-936-1234, www.vanderbiltculturalenrichment.com

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Brief Bibliography

Esbensen, Barbara. A Celebration of Bees: Helping Children Write Poetry (1975)

Fox, John. Poetic Medicine:The Healing Art of Poem-Making (1995)

Koch, Kenneth. Rose,Where Did You Get That Red? (1973)

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    Wishes, Lies, and Dreams:Teaching Children to Write Poetry (1970)

Mazza, Nicholas. Poetry Therapy:Theory and Practice (2003)

Online sources:

“Finding the Words to Say It:The Healing Power of Poetry” by Robert Carroll, M.D. (UCLA, Department of Psychiatry) in Evidence-based Complentary and Alternative Medicine, volume 2, 2005. Available at: http://ecam.oxfordjournals.org/

National Association for Poetry Therapy may be consulted at: http://www.poetrytherapy.org/index.html

Note on the Editor

Kate Daniels is a former poet-in-residence of both Vanderbilt University and Duke University Medical Centers. She is the author of three volumes of poetry, and is currently an associate professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University, College of Arts and Science. She is a member of the Curriculum Committee for Vanderbilt’s Center for Medicine, Health, and Society.

Acknowledgements & Permissions

Cover art: Suite Butterflies I, 1999, Hunt Slonem, from the Vanderbilt Medical Center Art Collection with permission from the artist.

The epigraph by Alice Walker on page 4 is from The Invisible Ladder: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poems for Young Readers, edited by Liz Rosenberg. (New York: Macmillan, 1996).

Thank you to the Tennessee Arts Commission for grant funding www.arts.state.tn.us

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