The Poetry of Nursing: Poems and Commentaries of Leading Nurse-Poets
- Donley, Carol
- Date of entry: Apr-06-2006
- Last revised: Jan-08-2007
As editor Judy Schaefer writes in her introduction, this collection provides "the rare opportunity to read both the poem and the poet's commentary." It is somewhat like a good poetry reading, where we get to hear about the events, thoughts, feelings and contexts that have stimulated the poem. Often the writer's commentaries have a richness of their own, complementing the poetry but not necessary to it. Also the commentaries describe some of the writing process the nurse poets go through in creating the poem. The fourteen nurse poets in this volume have all published their work in journals and anthologies, but this is the first collection to include commentaries along with the poems.
This is No. 7 of the publisher's Literature and Medicine Series. The book won the American Journal of Nursing's Book of the Year Award in the category of public interest and creative works.
Kent State Univ. Press