Shaping the Fractured Self

Poetry of chronic illness and pain

Edited by: Heather Taylor Johnson

Of course not all great art has its genesis in pain, and not all pain-not even a fraction-leads to the partial consolations of art. But if lancing an abscess is the surest way to healing, can poetry offer that same cleansing of emotional wounds? Shaping the Fractured Self showcases twenty-eight of Australia's finest poets who happen to live with chronic illness and pain. The autobiographical short essays, in conjunction with the three poems from each of the poets, capture the body in trauma in its many and varied moods. Because those who live with chronic illness and pain experience shifts in their relationship to it on a yearly, monthly, or daily basis, so do the words they use to describe it. This book gives voice to sufferers, carers, medical practitioners, and researchers, building understanding in a community of caring. [Subject: Chronic Illness, Poetry, Health Studies]


Publication Date: 6/11/2017
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781742589312